08/12/2012 EastEnders Omnibus


08/12/2012

Shirley is determined to stop Phil from getting his way, but can Sharon, Jay and Lola convince her he is a changed man? Meanwhile, Abi is shocked to discover Cora's secret.


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SHOUTING FROM VAN

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Oi, oi, Paddy!

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What's going on?

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How are you?

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Auf Wiedersehen.

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Bealey! Bealey, he loves a bargain.

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Bealey! Bealey!

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Auf Wiedersehen.

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Here, Bealey, I've got something for you, mate. Hold up.

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Oh, Bealey, have I got something for you, mate.

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Wait till you feast your mince pies on this.

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-This is a bit special, this is. You're going to love it.

-Yes.

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Ready, Bealey, look at this. Known as Gebrannte Mandeln.

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AKA toasted almonds.

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That's what I was trying to say. They're German, you know.

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Just thought, a new line in the caff, make a few quid, say no more.

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All right, suit yourself, thanks, mate. No, no, no, Fats.

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That one's a bit special, all right.

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Yeah? Me too.

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-You done the same thing?

-Yeah!

-You old romantic. Let's get this stuff.

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You all set?

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As you'll ever be, yeah?

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Yeah.

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Good luck, Phil.

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Be Ben and Jay needing it, me and Ian,

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we'll just be spectators, won't we?

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Good luck.

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Do you want me to phone a cab?

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There's no point driving there yourself.

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The parking round there is terrible, everyone knows that.

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I'm not going.

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Right, Kat, where are you? I'm here. Kat?

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-Kat's not here.

-What do you mean? Where is she then?

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-She's out.

-I told her I was getting in first thing this morning.

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That's probably why she took off, save her ears a bit.

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Where is she then?

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I don't know. She got a phone call and asked me to look after Tommy.

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-Oh, look.

-Ahhh!

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Jean, hold on, she got a phone call? From who?

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I dunno. It was her mystery lover(!) SHE LAUGHS

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That's funny, isn't it?

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Yeah, yeah, exactly.

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Come on then, Alfie, let's see what you've got.

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Show the dog the rabbit.

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Well, the bow-wow will not be disappointed.

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You might want to go and get Max, right,

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cos once you set your mince pies on these samples,

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-see this order book, it's going to be chocka.

-Well, Max ain't here.

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What do you mean he's not here? I've got a load of fags.

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He went off this morning somewhere.

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-Let's have a look, see if this looks as good as you say it is.

-Nah.

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Right, forget Berlin, forget Hamburg, all right.

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Once we get our Christmas market up and running

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we will definitely put Germany in the shade.

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Right, make sure you have some lunch please.

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You all right, darling?

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Can you keep an eye on Abi please, I think she's worried about Jay.

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What about Nan?

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Your nan's fine.

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OK, well, this Ava woman then...?

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No, Lauren.

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Mum, I'm just interested.

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I mean, does she have any kids, is she married?

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She's been in this house, I've seen her

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and I didn't even know who she was.

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Darling, you've got enough on your plate right now.

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You don't need to take that on as well.

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If you're talking about Joey, forget him. I have.

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No, we can't.

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Why not?

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Because.

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Because what?

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Look, we might be able to get an artificial one down the market.

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You know, one that maybe looks a bit like that.

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Yeah, right.

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Looks like what?

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-This.

-Whoa, that looks...

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-Expensive.

-We could get all the decorations off Alfie.

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-They still cost though.

-It is lovely though, innit?

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-Imagine what that would look like in our front room.

-Bianca?

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What? Now I'm a working woman...

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Since when?

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Since I'm going to do my new trial at Booty's.

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All right, well the last one went belly-up, didn't it?

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Well, this one won't, will it?

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Anyway, now I've got my new secret weapon, eh, Whit?

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Once I've done her hair extensions...

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So we can get the tree?

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-Maybe not that tree.

-Thank you.

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But a tree, yeah.

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-A proper tree?

-A proper tree.

-With all the trimmings?

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-Yeah, a proper tree. With all the trimmings. Why not?

-Yes!

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CAROL SIGHS

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Grandad, you were supposed to get a few streamers, what are you doing?

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What, and leave behind the Zwetschgamannla?

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-See that here, dried plums.

-That's what it means.

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And also we've got the, hold on, let me get this right. The Lebkuchen?

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THEY LAUGH

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-That's the...gingerbread.

-Gingerbread. Gingerbread.

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And last and by no means least, wait till you see this,

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right, let me get this right.

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This is known as the, right, Nussknacker?

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Carved nutcracker.

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You were supposed to get a few samples and bring 'em back.

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What are you going to do with all this lot?

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We've got some ideas, haven't we?

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-Oh, we certainly have, baby. We certainly have.

-Excuse me a sec.

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Kat, sweetheart, listen I've left you three messages, darling.

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Can you get back to me ASAP. Thank you.

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HE SIGHS

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He can't do it, Phil. He just can't face it.

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This is his brother we're talking about here.

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And that's why, OK? It's just too...raw.

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-Yeah, well, Ben's feeling pretty raw right now, an' all.

-I know.

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-Which means he needs all the support he can get.

-Phil, please.

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Yeah, well, I'm not having this, OK. I'm just not having it.

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You haven't really got a choice.

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No? You want to watch me, OK. Just watch me.

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No, not with the state Dad's in right now.

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-I'm not having Beale bottle out of this, all right?

-I said, no.

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Phil?

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Phil, I'm coming with you.

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No, I'm OK, Sharon.

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-You are not doing this on your own.

-Look, I said I'm fine.

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Well, what about the Social?

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I'm meant to be your fiancee and I'm not there?

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Well, this ain't about Lexi, is it?

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Look, just give me a minute, OK?

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Are you sure you don't want me to come with you?

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What for? Slap on the wrist, that's what the brief reckons.

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I don't want you there, listening to everything. I'll be fine. Really.

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You busy?

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Thought we could finish off what we started the other day.

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What your mum put a stop to, you mean?

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Yeah, well, she isn't here now, is she?

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Got a million and one things to do before the wedding.

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Listen, Lauren, your mother was right to break it up.

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You're too young, too beautiful,

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too smart to be spending your days like this with me.

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As opposed to?

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That's the point. It's up to you. You've got a choice.

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Don't get so that you haven't.

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I thought this was all about Lexi.

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It is.

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Right, and it's about Ben too now, is it?

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Ben's Lexi's Dad.

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Jack, Phil'd always help me out if Denny was in trouble.

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Now, come here, kiss. Come on.

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So who are you going to be helping out next, his Aunt Fanny from Frinton?

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Well, you know what they say, Jack, a friend in need...

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DOOR CLOSES

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Is a pain in the backside.

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You all right, Poppy? Thanks a lot.

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Look, this'll be different this time. I promise.

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Is she trialling an' all? I thought it was just me.

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So did I. How many more people are doing this?

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It's just the two of you, don't go off on one.

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-Yeah. Keep your hair on, Bianca.

-Hello.

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Tell you what, Poppy, I'll sort Bianca and Lola out if...

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Oh, yeah. You get Whitney booked in.

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I'm not here for an appointment.

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Oh. You want your hair like this?

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Lola, do you want to come with me?

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Yeah.

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I could have stopped all this.

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What does that mean?

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When I went to see Ben, with Phil, all right.

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He wasn't listening to his dad.

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And if I'd said to him, "Retract your statement",

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then he'd have done it.

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But you didn't?

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I told him he had to decide what was right.

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Which is true.

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Yeah, he kind of knew what I was saying and so did Phil.

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That's why he was looking daggers at me.

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But that wouldn't have changed what he did though.

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I mean, nothing you said would've changed that.

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Yeah, but he was genuinely sorry, for everything he's done,

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-I could see it in his eyes.

-That wouldn't have changed anything.

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Heather would still be dead and Ben would still be responsible.

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But if he'd taken back his statement, OK,

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then maybe he would have managed to have walked out of there,

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he could've come back here and been a different person,

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maybe everything that's happened,

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it might have changed him for the better.

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Not going to know now, are we? Not where he's going.

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It's just wishful thinking. That's what you're thinking, isn't it?

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No, I'm thinking it's too late now anyway.

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Derek, there's no laws that say that two Christmas stalls

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can't sell the same sort of clobber, is there?

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Yeah, and it's not like yours, Tyler's, and ours

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are side by side or anything.

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Yeah, but you're gaining an advantage.

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-How?

-Well, you got the best pitch on the market.

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Come on, Del, you're not chicken, are you?

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Fats, what's the matter with you?

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-What did you say? What did you say?

-Now, Derek, hold on a second.

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Listen, Derek, mate, we're all going to clean up, aren't we, eh?

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All right then, I'll tell you what we'll do.

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-We'll have a festive wager.

-What?

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My stall against yours.

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The loser gives up their Christmas Eve's takings.

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Oh, what's the matter, Fats?

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What, we aren't going chicken, are we?

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HE CHUCKLES

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You all right, B? You all right, Lo?

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All right?

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You haven't come for a trial too, have you?

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-What?

-Everyone else seems to be today.

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No, no, no, no.

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I came to give you this.

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I brought it all the way from Germany. Just for you.

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SHE GIGGLES

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Thank you.

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That's all right.

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I should probably...

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-Of course, of course. I'll give you a call later.

-Yeah.

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All right, cool. Take care, ladies. Bye, bye.

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Right, shall we see how you got on, shall we?

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That's not bad.

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Let's have a look at these.

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That's not bad at all. It's good. Yeah. Well done, ladies.

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You're working for tips only, mind.

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Phil...

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DOOR OPENS

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Jay?

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What's happened?

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Four years.

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I know it's more than you thought, but it's only community service.

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It's not like you're going down or anything.

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Jay?

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What's the matter?

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Abi, Abi, Abi, just...

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HE SIGHS

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Just give him time, OK?

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Is it my imagination or do Christmas decorations get tackier every year?

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If Alfie Moon's got anything at all to do with it.

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Still, it's better than hiding yourself away,

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staring at four plain walls.

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So now I'm back in the land of the living, what are you having?

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As a matter of fact, I'm just having one for the road.

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I'm going to spend Christmas with my son Anthony.

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Since when?

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Cora, I was down at the court with Jay.

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What happened?

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Community service.

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I mean, it could have been worse, but he doesn't see it that way.

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What about Ben?

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Four years.

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That could have been worse.

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But it kind of brought home to me, you know,

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what Christmas is really about.

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Family. Old and new.

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-Cora.

-It's all right, Patrick.

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Meaning?

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It's all right.

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LOUD DANCE MUSIC

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Where've you been?

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Getting ready, obviously.

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Getting something.

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You are so out of it.

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Yes, girls?

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Let's start as we mean to go on, eh?

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Can we have three... Can we have three of these...?

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GLASS SHATTERS

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SHE SNIGGERS

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Looks like you started a little while ago, Lauren.

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Sorry, what? What, have you got something to say, have you, barman?

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Lauren!

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You...you are not paid to give it any of this, are you? No.

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Lauren, just leave it out.

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You...you are paid to pour drinks.

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Go on, pour. Go on.

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Yes, Lauren, I am the barman. And I ain't serving you, all right?

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Why?

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Look at you, you can hardly stand up.

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That's got nothing to do with you any more, has it?

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I've got the good name of this place to think of.

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Go on. Go on, Lauren. Go home.

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Go on.

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DOOR OPENS

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I just had to get away from everybody.

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This is where we did it, made up our story.

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Didn't turn out much of a story, mind you.

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Ben couldn't handle it, that's all.

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I could.

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My gob was well and truly shut.

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You had your moments.

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Not like his.

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Well, he had more to...more to get off his chest.

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I mean, he's the one that...

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HE SIGHS

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I never stopped him, you know.

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How could you?

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You said it yourself, didn't you, it just all happened so quickly.

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I could have stopped him from going round Heather's in the first place.

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You didn't know what he was going to do, did you?

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Well, I saw the state he was in.

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It was a fair bet that something was going to happen.

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And you're not the one that should be

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beating themselves up about it either.

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Well, you weren't there, so you didn't know what was going to happen.

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What, you don't think I didn't know what he was like?

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And how sick he was?

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He was a time-bomb, Jay, just waiting to go off and I knew it.

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If it hadn't been Heather, it'd have been someone,

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someone sooner or later.

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And by rights it should have been me.

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I mean, I was the one he was mad at.

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Did he say anything to you?

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No.

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'Cept when they led him away and he looked over and...

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And?

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He smiled.

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He smiled as if to say that everything was OK.

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And suddenly it was like...

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It was like I was the kid and he was my old man.

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But I should have done something.

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-I should have done something, something before.

-Like what?

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I dunno.

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Got him some help or something, I don't know.

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But we don't do that, do we? Not this family, no.

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No, we keep it close and we sort it out ourselves.

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And not for the first time neither.

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Meaning?

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HE SIGHS

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I let him down, Jay.

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I should've done something instead of covering it all up

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and denying everything, and Ben,

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he could have got the help that he needed, you know.

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And you and Ian,

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you wouldn't have gone through the hell that you went through

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and most important of all, Heather would still be here, wouldn't she?

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And I can't do anything about any of that, Jay.

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I can't do anything. Not now.

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But I can do something about you.

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And I know...I know you don't want any advice from me,

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and I don't blame you, OK?

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But I'm going to give it to you anyway.

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Move on, Jay. Just move on.

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HE SIGHS

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Meaning get out of your life?

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No, no, no.

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I mean, you know, just get your head down,

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do your community service.

0:22:580:22:59

Just get out of here.

0:23:010:23:03

And no. No, not get out of my life,

0:23:030:23:06

I could never cut you out of my family.

0:23:060:23:10

No matter what happened, you're as much a part of my family as Ben.

0:23:100:23:14

But look, Jay, look what I did to him.

0:23:160:23:19

Look what I did to him.

0:23:190:23:21

I don't want that. I don't want that to happen to you.

0:23:230:23:26

I don't...

0:23:260:23:27

I don't want to ruin your life as well.

0:23:270:23:30

Well, like you said, I've never been much good at taking advice.

0:23:320:23:36

-Just think about it, yeah?

-Yeah, maybe.

0:23:360:23:38

Jay...

0:23:380:23:40

Jay, I'm sorry.

0:23:450:23:47

I'm sorry, son. I'm sorry, son.

0:23:470:23:51

I'm sorry. I'm sorry, son.

0:24:090:24:11

I'm sorry.

0:24:130:24:15

Kat, listen, it's Alfie. This is the fourth message I've... Kat!

0:24:370:24:41

-Took longer than I thought.

-What did?

0:24:410:24:45

Not here.

0:24:450:24:46

Was that really what it was about?

0:25:190:25:21

The good of the club?

0:25:210:25:23

I told you to go, Lauren.

0:25:230:25:24

Yeah, and you've told me a lot of things.

0:25:240:25:28

-I don't understand...

-I can't explain, all right?

0:25:280:25:30

What does that mean - you can't explain?

0:25:300:25:32

-Cos I thought you'd already explained it?

-Lauren, all right...

0:25:320:25:36

Just forget it, all right.

0:25:360:25:39

Just forget about everything.

0:25:390:25:44

Why?

0:25:450:25:48

No, no, it's for the best, all right? It is.

0:25:560:25:59

What do you think?

0:26:210:26:23

It's a welcome-home present.

0:26:230:26:24

-Kat, it's lovely.

-Took me ages to choose that frame.

0:26:240:26:28

Look, got some lovely food.

0:26:300:26:31

If you'd told me you were getting back earlier I could've done that for you an' all.

0:26:310:26:35

What, and you've been out doing this all day, yeah?

0:26:350:26:38

You're worth it.

0:26:380:26:40

But I don't understand why. I mean, the christening was ages ago...

0:26:400:26:44

What's the matter?

0:26:440:26:46

I've actually got you a present.

0:26:480:26:50

If you've brought back a Lederhosen thong...

0:26:520:26:55

Couldn't resist it. Actually, you've caught me out.

0:26:550:26:58

I've, erm...

0:26:580:27:00

I know this is not your mum's ring or anything,

0:27:000:27:04

but if you look at it carefully the stones are really similar.

0:27:040:27:07

Alfie, it's lovely.

0:27:070:27:08

Is something wrong?

0:27:130:27:14

-I feel a bit bad.

-Bad?

0:27:150:27:18

This is such a sweet thought.

0:27:190:27:21

What's there to feel bad about?

0:27:230:27:24

Well, because half the stuff I got is just for me,

0:27:240:27:27

but you've gone and got me something for myself.

0:27:270:27:31

It was Grant, wasn't it? That's who you were thinking about,

0:27:380:27:42

when you told Jay it wasn't the first time you should have said something.

0:27:420:27:47

You really did hear everything, didn't you?

0:27:470:27:50

Well, I don't need to, not really.

0:27:500:27:52

I've seen it all at close quarters, haven't I?

0:27:520:27:55

The Mitchells - dealing with their own.

0:27:550:27:57

Does explain one thing though.

0:28:080:28:10

You getting all touchy with that fostering bloke.

0:28:100:28:13

All that about how you shouldn't be trusted bringing up Lexi.

0:28:130:28:18

Well, I failed with one kid big-time, didn't I?

0:28:180:28:21

Well, it makes it even more important then, doesn't it?

0:28:210:28:24

That you don't with her.

0:28:240:28:25

That whatever mistakes you made with Ben, you... Well, you put right.

0:28:250:28:30

And you think I can do that?

0:28:300:28:33

Come here.

0:28:340:28:36

How sweet.

0:28:400:28:42

Oh! You all right, love? You couldn't sleep?

0:28:550:28:58

No. I'm fine.

0:28:580:29:00

Great. Big day today.

0:29:000:29:02

Come on, kids. Get up!

0:29:100:29:12

Ugh. Porridge?

0:29:170:29:19

Yeah, let's hope the menu improves by tea time.

0:29:190:29:22

You're not coming for tea, Derek. You have moved out.

0:29:220:29:25

Yes. Moved out. Moved out, not anorexic.

0:29:250:29:28

I'm just ironing your good shirt.

0:29:280:29:30

I don't like that shirt. Looks like wee.

0:29:300:29:32

Why were you sitting in the dark for ages?

0:29:320:29:35

Your mum was preparing herself for her big day.

0:29:370:29:39

You get yourself ready. I'll sort the kids out.

0:29:390:29:42

I don't know what she's fussing about. I'm going to make loads of money in tips

0:29:420:29:45

and get the most amazing Christmas tree ever!

0:29:450:29:48

Yes!

0:29:480:29:50

What?

0:29:500:29:51

Just do your best.

0:29:510:29:54

And try and, er, think before you speak, yeah?

0:29:540:29:58

I do know how to make tips, you know.

0:29:580:30:00

Mummy is going to come back with spondoolies!

0:30:000:30:02

Yes!

0:30:020:30:04

Right. I was going to post these, but seeing as how you're leaving...

0:30:160:30:20

It's just a pressie for Jimmy

0:30:200:30:22

and there's this mince pie recipe that Carly was after.

0:30:220:30:26

Shirl?

0:30:280:30:30

Who said that I was going anywhere?

0:30:310:30:33

Apparently, she's just back for the sentencing.

0:30:340:30:36

-There you go. She's gone.

-Shirley wouldn't make it that easy.

0:30:360:30:39

The judge has made his decision. There's nothing she can do now.

0:30:390:30:44

Oh. Lexi's care order.

0:30:440:30:46

As soon as she finds out she's Ben's, she'll be straight in, mucking things up.

0:30:460:30:50

Phil, you haven't slept. You're just freaking yourself out. Shirley's gone.

0:30:500:30:54

I've, er... I've got to show up at the prison.

0:30:540:30:58

You know, if Ben hasn't asked for you, you can't see him.

0:30:580:31:01

Well, he's at least got to know I tried, ain't he?

0:31:010:31:04

And if Shirl's hanging round, call me, yeah?

0:31:040:31:07

It's seven-thirty in the morning.

0:31:120:31:14

What does he think he's playing at?

0:31:140:31:16

It's just till the care order hearing next week. OK?

0:31:160:31:18

Jack, why don't you come back here later for a bit of lunch, eh?

0:31:190:31:23

Just the two of us?

0:31:230:31:24

Well, unless Phil sends out the bat signal that is, of course?

0:31:240:31:27

Twelve o'clock. I'll be here.

0:31:270:31:29

All right, Shirl?

0:31:390:31:40

You've heard, then?

0:31:450:31:46

Do you think four years is fair?

0:31:480:31:50

Don't matter what I think.

0:31:520:31:54

What, your life's been ruined and you're not entitled to an opinion?

0:31:540:31:57

Phil is laughing at us. He's laughing at Hev.

0:31:570:32:01

Look, you've got to live with it, or it'll drive you mad.

0:32:010:32:05

No, we don't have to live with it!

0:32:050:32:06

I don't want Phil to be punished any more.

0:32:080:32:09

Right! You're coming with me.

0:32:110:32:13

Shirl!

0:32:130:32:15

Bianca's got the kids' hopes up about Christmas,

0:32:150:32:17

reckons she can do it all on tips.

0:32:170:32:18

-You know if I could afford to pay her, I would.

-I know, I know.

0:32:180:32:21

I just wondered if one of the girls could have a trim

0:32:210:32:24

and tip Bianca with this.

0:32:240:32:25

So she don't come home feeling like a failure.

0:32:250:32:27

Yes, of course.

0:32:270:32:29

-Cheers. Thanks, Tanya.

-See you, Carol.

0:32:290:32:31

-So I'll come pick you up from the salon?

-Yeah, great.

0:32:360:32:39

What about Lauren? She going to meet us there?

0:32:390:32:42

Um, I think she's probably forgotten.

0:32:420:32:45

She's a bit shaken up still, ain't she?

0:32:450:32:48

-And your mum? You definitely don't want her to know about the scan?

-No.

0:32:480:32:52

What are you two whispering about?

0:32:520:32:54

Christmas. Just...blooming Christmas, eh?

0:32:540:32:58

That's the spirit.

0:32:580:32:59

See you later.

0:32:590:33:02

What's wrong with you? What, are you hungover?

0:33:050:33:09

-You only came out of hospital two weeks ago.

-You shouldn't be drinking in your condition.

0:33:100:33:15

All right, shall we lay off her?

0:33:150:33:17

I'll see you later.

0:33:170:33:19

Yeah.

0:33:190:33:20

Mum, can we spend some time together today? Just me and you?

0:33:220:33:27

Sorry, darling, I would love to

0:33:290:33:31

but I'm just too busy at the salon today.

0:33:310:33:33

Right. OK.

0:33:330:33:35

Tell you what, your Auntie Carol wants to make sure Bianca gets this in tips.

0:33:350:33:39

So why don't you come and have your hair done on me?

0:33:390:33:42

Bit of pampering, yeah?

0:33:420:33:44

Great.

0:33:450:33:46

Mum?

0:33:560:33:57

I'm fine. I'm fine, darling.

0:33:580:34:00

I'll see you later.

0:34:000:34:02

You remember what happened here?

0:34:070:34:10

How dare you look at me and say Phil has been punished enough?

0:34:100:34:12

What are you thinking?

0:34:120:34:14

-Look, on my dad's grave, he's just trying to be a better bloke.

-How?

0:34:140:34:17

Well, he tried to sort my head out.

0:34:170:34:19

Now he's trying to be Lexi's foster carer.

0:34:190:34:21

Lexi? She's been taken into care?

0:34:230:34:25

Where's Billy?

0:34:250:34:26

Well, Billy's happy that Phil's stepped in.

0:34:260:34:29

Phil, bringing up a baby? What's he getting out of this?

0:34:290:34:35

Lexi's a Mitchell.

0:34:360:34:37

Look, if it's revenge you're after, then I can't help you, Shirl.

0:34:390:34:43

Here you are, a cup of tea.

0:34:510:34:53

Don't know how I've had time to do that in between all the sweeping.

0:34:530:34:56

Aw, thanks, hon.

0:34:560:34:58

Be lovely, won't it, you and me working together?

0:34:580:35:01

Yeah.

0:35:010:35:02

So, these tips that we're working for, me and her.

0:35:040:35:08

The money's in the shampooing, isn't it?

0:35:080:35:10

Yeah. Totes.

0:35:100:35:12

You know her sort.

0:35:120:35:13

No graft, like a rat up a drainpipe soon as a client walks in.

0:35:130:35:17

Why don't you just send your clients my way, yeah?

0:35:170:35:19

Um, I think it's best you and Lola take it in turns, yeah?

0:35:190:35:23

I thought we were going to be mates.

0:35:230:35:24

Yeah, just, um, I'm not taking sides.

0:35:240:35:27

Ladies, could someone give Mrs Richards a shampoo?

0:35:280:35:31

I'm on it! Hi. Take a seat.

0:35:310:35:34

Can I get you a cup of tea?

0:35:340:35:36

I hope you know drinking's not the answer.

0:35:480:35:51

Still got a few minutes before class if you want that chat...

0:35:510:35:55

No, thanks.

0:35:550:35:56

You got drunk last night because you were scared.

0:35:580:36:00

On TV, it says if you talk about those feelings, you'll feel better.

0:36:000:36:03

I don't even care about the accident, Abi.

0:36:030:36:06

Why are you being like this?

0:36:060:36:07

Shut up.

0:36:070:36:09

This is so unfair.

0:36:090:36:10

How is this not fair on you?

0:36:100:36:11

Every time you get like this,

0:36:110:36:13

there's some massive secret about to blow.

0:36:130:36:15

OK. Well, there is no secret, so...

0:36:150:36:18

Yes, there is.

0:36:190:36:20

No, there ain't.

0:36:200:36:21

Well, say it again.

0:36:210:36:22

Abi, there is no secret. There you go.

0:36:220:36:25

Is Dad having an affair?

0:36:250:36:26

No.

0:36:260:36:28

-Is it to do with you?

-Wh...

0:36:280:36:29

-It is, isn't it?

-Abi, just let it go.

0:36:290:36:33

No. Because you are freaking me out.

0:36:330:36:35

I will not stop until you tell me. I will ask Mum.

0:36:350:36:37

I'll ask Dad. Is it boy trouble?

0:36:370:36:41

Are you pregnant?

0:36:410:36:42

No! Why don't you just go and ask Nan about her secret daughter?

0:36:420:36:45

Go on.

0:36:450:36:47

I'm joking.

0:36:480:36:50

-I was joking.

-No, you weren't. What daughter?

0:36:500:36:52

Just leave it, Abs. Yeah?

0:36:550:36:58

So this is how you'd like it styled, but just a trim, yeah?

0:37:060:37:09

Poppy, can you pass the scissors?

0:37:090:37:11

-No.

-What?

-Just brush.

0:37:110:37:13

They're like a pack of hyenas. Not very professional is it, Tan?

0:37:150:37:18

-Not now, Bianca.

-Babe, you ready?

0:37:180:37:20

-All right, Max?

-Yeah, you?

0:37:200:37:21

-Lola's nicking all the tips cos she sits on her backside all day, sink hogging. It's not fair!

-All right.

0:37:210:37:26

I'll wait for you downstairs.

0:37:260:37:28

See you later, Max.

0:37:280:37:29

Lola, Poppy. Can I have a word, please?

0:37:290:37:32

Sorry.

0:37:340:37:36

-While I'm gone, Lola and Bianca take it in turns on shampoos, OK?

-Sure.

0:37:360:37:40

That is what we agreed.

0:37:400:37:42

It's like pox on a rat every time a client comes in.

0:37:420:37:44

-Excuse me?

-Right, well, toss a coin, then. Happy?

0:37:440:37:48

Yeah.

0:37:480:37:49

-Right. I've got to get to my scan.

-Everything all right?

0:37:510:37:55

Yeah, it's nothing. It's nothing.

0:37:550:37:57

Listen, Bianca, I know these tips mean a lot to you

0:37:570:37:59

but, please, don't raise your voice in the salon.

0:37:590:38:02

I'm doing lunch. I can't stop.

0:38:080:38:10

Aw...a romantic lunch for Jack?

0:38:110:38:15

If that's not guilt talking, I don't know what is.

0:38:160:38:19

Make it quick.

0:38:190:38:20

What's this I hear about Phil,

0:38:200:38:23

begging to bring up a screaming baby?

0:38:230:38:25

Is it because he cares about the mother and child bond?

0:38:250:38:29

Who told you that?

0:38:290:38:30

What aren't YOU telling me?

0:38:300:38:32

Phil's done a lot of bad stuff in his past,

0:38:320:38:35

but he's doing everything he can to keep Lola and Lexi together.

0:38:350:38:38

You know, I wish I was as dumb as you look when it concerns Phil.

0:38:380:38:42

It's sad what anger's done to you.

0:38:420:38:43

He's trying it on with you and it's working.

0:38:430:38:45

There's nothing going on with me and Phil.

0:38:450:38:48

If you hadn't stormed off last night,

0:38:480:38:50

-we could have explained it to you.

-Why don't you just admit it?

0:38:500:38:52

Then I might have a bit of respect for you.

0:38:520:38:54

We are just friends.

0:38:540:38:55

No, you're not. There are things that you should know about Phil.

0:38:550:39:01

Know Phil? I've years on you.

0:39:010:39:04

Mm.

0:39:040:39:06

You ever stuck him in the shower when he's vomited on himself?

0:39:060:39:09

Have him scream in your face?

0:39:100:39:12

Have you ever seen him on crack?

0:39:140:39:16

Oh. Didn't he tell you?

0:39:190:39:21

And I thought you two were so close.

0:39:230:39:25

When?

0:39:260:39:27

In between cheating on me with another crackhead

0:39:270:39:30

and burning down the Vic.

0:39:300:39:32

You finished?

0:39:320:39:34

So after all you know about Phil,

0:39:350:39:37

you're still happy to have him around your kid?

0:39:370:39:40

Yeah.

0:39:400:39:42

The drugs, the booze - the mess he made of his own kid's life?

0:39:420:39:45

-And you call yourself a mother?

-Get out, Shirley.

0:39:450:39:48

You may not care about your kid, but I am telling you now -

0:39:480:39:52

I will not let him near Lola's baby.

0:39:520:39:54

Girly chat, was it?

0:40:030:40:04

Looks like you're getting dragged into Phil's car crash of a life to me.

0:40:050:40:08

Heads! No, tails, tails, tails.

0:40:190:40:21

Oh, I was going to say heads!

0:40:210:40:23

We did do best of three. Better luck next time, yeah?

0:40:230:40:25

Ho, ho, ho... Oh.

0:40:260:40:29

Merry Christmas. So can we get you washed?

0:40:290:40:31

Uh, no. It's Bianca I'm after.

0:40:310:40:34

Oh. Suit yourself.

0:40:340:40:37

That's it. Keep it in the family, cuz?

0:40:370:40:39

So, what do you want a little trim?

0:40:390:40:41

One of them bobs'd suit you.

0:40:410:40:43

Er, no, thanks. Where's my mum?

0:40:430:40:46

She's gone for her scan.

0:40:460:40:48

Maybe I could take a little bit of this off your face, Lauren?

0:40:480:40:51

-Where you going?

-Sorry.

0:40:550:40:57

Merry Christmas. Can I get you a cup of tea or anything?

0:40:570:41:00

We didn't toss for that woman.

0:41:000:41:02

You were busy. Sorry.

0:41:020:41:04

Lauren?

0:41:110:41:12

Lauren?

0:41:140:41:15

Abi keeps leaving these messages, asking me how I am.

0:41:180:41:22

What's her game?

0:41:220:41:24

I was going to come round about that.

0:41:240:41:26

I told Abi about Ava.

0:41:260:41:28

I'm sorry.

0:41:280:41:29

She had it in her head that something was wrong. It just came out, Nan.

0:41:310:41:34

I kept that secret for years.

0:41:340:41:37

Do you know what it took to trust you with it?

0:41:370:41:41

And it "just came out"?

0:41:410:41:44

OK, Nan, I can't deal with the character-bashing right now.

0:41:440:41:47

You do know Mum's having her MRI?

0:41:470:41:49

None of my business.

0:41:510:41:54

Well...she is your daughter.

0:41:540:41:56

She's your mother. Why aren't you at the hospital?

0:41:560:41:59

Cos I forgot.

0:42:000:42:03

Yeah, I know. I know.

0:42:030:42:06

I'm useless.

0:42:070:42:08

Selfish.

0:42:080:42:09

But at least I know it.

0:42:100:42:12

Lola. Have you seen Shirley?

0:42:270:42:30

Shirley's back?

0:42:300:42:31

Look, keep your distance from her.

0:42:310:42:33

Why?

0:42:330:42:35

Well, she might try and cause trouble.

0:42:350:42:37

It's best you don't tell her anything about what we're doing -

0:42:370:42:39

especially that Ben's the dad.

0:42:390:42:41

Shirley wants to muck up the fostering?

0:42:410:42:44

Look, I've left a message with Phil. He'll come back and sort it.

0:42:440:42:47

I need some air.

0:42:480:42:50

Hi, Nan.

0:42:550:42:57

Everything all right at home?

0:42:590:43:01

Yeah. I was, um... I was just passing.

0:43:010:43:05

See how you are.

0:43:050:43:07

Thought we could have a catch-up.

0:43:070:43:10

I know why you're here, Abi.

0:43:100:43:13

Would it kill you to pick up your phone?

0:43:220:43:24

Don't I even get an hello?

0:43:280:43:29

Hello.

0:43:290:43:31

Listen. Jay told me about Lexi being taken into care.

0:43:320:43:37

-I'm sorry.

-Thanks.

0:43:390:43:41

I hear that Phil's helping you out.

0:43:420:43:45

-What do you want, Shirl?

-Why would he do that?

0:43:450:43:48

I mean, it's not to help you and Billy - he's never cared before.

0:43:480:43:52

-Yeah, he cares now. So just leave it.

-Even if he does, so what?

0:43:520:43:56

Phil raises this kid, you'll end up with a Ben.

0:43:570:43:59

Where was you when my daughter got taken, eh? You wasn't here.

0:43:590:44:03

But Phil was.

0:44:030:44:04

He filled out all the forms and he came to all the meetings.

0:44:040:44:07

Him and Sharon have really helped me.

0:44:070:44:09

Ava was mine - for a second.

0:44:110:44:14

Don't you ever wonder about her?

0:44:150:44:18

I loved her. And I gave her away.

0:44:190:44:21

What else is there to say?

0:44:210:44:23

What about her dad?

0:44:250:44:27

He was very special to me.

0:44:290:44:32

Does Ava know?

0:44:320:44:34

She didn't give me a chance.

0:44:340:44:36

You've met her?

0:44:360:44:37

Your mother brought her to my door.

0:44:370:44:41

She walked away.

0:44:410:44:43

I've got to respect that.

0:44:430:44:45

What, so that's it, then? But you're her birth mum.

0:44:450:44:48

I'm well aware I gave birth to her, Abi.

0:44:480:44:51

Don't worry about me, darling. I'm old.

0:44:530:44:57

I've got used to the situation.

0:44:590:45:01

You're just like Lauren. She's stubborn too.

0:45:030:45:06

You worried about Lauren?

0:45:090:45:11

Yeah, there's something going on. And it's not just the crash.

0:45:120:45:16

That's just her nature, darling.

0:45:160:45:17

I irritate her.

0:45:170:45:19

Because you ask too many questions.

0:45:190:45:22

She does need you.

0:45:230:45:25

Sometimes, you've just got to let people know you're there,

0:45:260:45:30

that you're sticking around.

0:45:300:45:32

No questions, no talking.

0:45:320:45:36

Maybe Ava doesn't have anyone there for her.

0:45:400:45:42

She had nice parents, apparently.

0:45:420:45:44

-Thinking you never mattered must be tough.

-She did matter!

0:45:460:45:48

But those thoughts are in your head.

0:45:480:45:50

She doesn't even know who her dad is.

0:45:500:45:52

Beautiful. Oh, and that hand massage -

0:45:590:46:02

Bianca, credit where it's due,

0:46:020:46:03

they must've trained you really well in that...

0:46:030:46:06

(prison.)

0:46:060:46:07

Yeah. So, do you want any tea and biccies before you go?

0:46:070:46:10

Tell you what, I am loving this service!

0:46:100:46:13

Sorry I kept changing my mind about the colour, by the way.

0:46:130:46:15

You're all right.

0:46:150:46:17

Gave us loads more time to talk about how Kim's been getting on your nerves, didn't it?

0:46:170:46:22

-That's £10, please.

-There you go.

0:46:220:46:24

And, um...

0:46:240:46:26

What is that? I didn't do all that massaging for nothing, you know.

0:46:310:46:35

That couldn't even get me half a scratchcard! You having a laugh?

0:46:350:46:38

I was actually digging out a fiver.

0:46:380:46:41

Denise, I am so sorry. Some complimentary vouchers will be in the post.

0:46:450:46:50

Thank you. Why don't you post a muzzle to her while you're at it?

0:46:500:46:53

Tan, I'm really sorry.

0:46:550:46:57

How was your appointment?

0:46:580:46:59

Why don't you go home, eh? Try again tomorrow.

0:47:000:47:02

Sharon. I just got your message.

0:47:070:47:09

I'm back. Give me a call, yeah?

0:47:090:47:12

You want to get cosy with Sharon? Get a room.

0:47:180:47:21

Leave Lexi out of it.

0:47:210:47:23

Her kid's in care and the only thing on your mind is a fake engagement.

0:47:230:47:27

Engagement?

0:47:270:47:29

You are sick, you are evil. You're using the kid's baby

0:47:300:47:34

so you can shack up with that woman.

0:47:340:47:36

We've got more chance of getting Lexi home

0:47:360:47:38

if social services think me and Sharon's a couple.

0:47:380:47:40

That's going to take a stretch! And since when was this Lexi's "home"?

0:47:400:47:44

No, Pops wants this too.

0:47:440:47:46

Oh, what, Billy rolled over?

0:47:460:47:48

I know what it's like to lose kids.

0:47:480:47:51

I don't want that happening to Lola and Billy.

0:47:510:47:54

That's all this thing with me and Sharon's about.

0:47:540:47:56

I don't believe you.

0:47:560:47:58

-Well, Lola does, so...

-So what?

0:47:580:48:00

One call to the social about your lie, and it's all over.

0:48:000:48:05

You don't need him. I'll stick around. We'll get Lexi back.

0:48:050:48:08

Lola, I know how scared you are.

0:48:100:48:12

But think about how far we've come.

0:48:120:48:14

Everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie.

0:48:140:48:17

You are poison.

0:48:180:48:20

Give us a second, will you?

0:48:220:48:24

So who's this about?

0:48:340:48:37

You or Lola?

0:48:370:48:39

Don't drag me down to your level.

0:48:390:48:41

Well, hear me out. If you still think this is about me and Sharon shacking up,

0:48:420:48:45

I'll hand you the phone myself.

0:48:450:48:47

-What's film's this, look? Raaarr!

-Jurassic Park!

0:48:500:48:52

Oi, easy with the carrots. I'm not Bugs Bunny.

0:48:520:48:56

You'll get what you're given. And you could make a little contribution towards the Christmas tree.

0:48:560:49:00

-Course I will.

-Mum's sorting Christmas.

0:49:000:49:02

Look, whatever happens, be nice to your mum. She's tried her best.

0:49:020:49:05

So no Christmas, then.

0:49:050:49:07

Ooh, you're back early.

0:49:100:49:11

Come home to do the kids' tea.

0:49:110:49:13

We can do it together.

0:49:130:49:16

How much did you make, Mum?

0:49:160:49:18

-Bianca!

-Whoa, Carol...

0:49:210:49:24

Billy's the only one left. Of course I'm going to help him out.

0:49:260:49:29

I don't believe you.

0:49:290:49:31

You don't want to believe me.

0:49:310:49:34

Shirley, you ain't stupid.

0:49:340:49:35

Doing this for the one bit of family I've got left

0:49:350:49:37

makes more sense than the idea you got about Sharon.

0:49:370:49:40

You'd do anything to get your hands back on that woman.

0:49:400:49:42

If I wanted her, I'd just go for it, wouldn't I?

0:49:420:49:44

Not all this softly-softly fake engagement.

0:49:440:49:47

You keep Lexi in care

0:49:480:49:50

just to get back at me, who's that hurting, eh?

0:49:500:49:53

And Ben, he's behind bars. What more do you want?

0:49:540:49:56

Four years. You call that justice?

0:49:560:50:00

You tell me what to do and I'll do it.

0:50:010:50:03

You don't even understand what you did to me.

0:50:050:50:07

Yes, I do.

0:50:070:50:09

I do. I lied.

0:50:110:50:13

So what ain't I understanding?

0:50:150:50:16

Eh? I lied. And I...I kept lying.

0:50:160:50:22

And at the end of it, I chose to ruin your life rather than Ben's.

0:50:220:50:26

And you know what, Shirley? I'd do it again.

0:50:280:50:30

There was never going to be any nice answers. He's my son.

0:50:330:50:37

Of course... Of course I'd do it again.

0:50:380:50:40

But I wish, Shirley, I truly wish it'd been anyone else

0:50:410:50:44

but you that got hurt.

0:50:440:50:46

You've still got a son.

0:50:460:50:48

He don't want to know.

0:50:510:50:53

After all that...

0:50:550:50:57

..you still lost him?

0:50:580:51:00

Look around you, Shirl. I've got nothing.

0:51:010:51:04

If I'd got what you got -

0:51:070:51:09

a daughter, a grandkid -

0:51:090:51:11

I'd be on the first train out of here.

0:51:110:51:14

So what are you doing here, Shirley?

0:51:170:51:19

I'm think I'm done here.

0:51:250:51:27

-Can we wait here, please, darling?

-Yep, sure.

0:51:490:51:52

Right. Sister time. Ice cream, DVD.

0:52:010:52:05

Why can't you just stop?

0:52:080:52:09

I'm sorry.

0:52:130:52:15

I'm sorry.

0:52:170:52:19

What's happened?

0:52:270:52:29

It's nothing. Nothing.

0:52:380:52:40

Look. You don't need to tell me your secrets.

0:52:430:52:46

I'm here and I'm not going anywhere.

0:52:480:52:51

Oh, Lauren...come here.

0:52:530:52:56

I'm at work.

0:53:240:53:25

I won't keep you a minute.

0:53:270:53:28

Yeah. I didn't think there was anything more to say either.

0:53:340:53:37

You know, your dad meant a lot to me.

0:53:410:53:43

It wasn't just one night.

0:53:430:53:46

He gave me this.

0:53:490:53:51

I've always kept it close.

0:53:530:53:55

You should have it.

0:53:590:54:00

-You take care of yourself, yeah?

-Yeah, and you.

0:54:280:54:30

Don't think I don't know you were smoking in that room. Them curtains are rancid.

0:54:360:54:40

You tell Lola to keep her chin up.

0:54:410:54:43

Don't you worry about Lola.

0:54:430:54:44

She'll make sure there's none of Ben in that baby.

0:54:440:54:47

What's Ben got to do with it?

0:54:520:54:54

One more week and it'll just be the two of us. I promise, Jack.

0:54:540:54:57

Shirley's gone.

0:54:570:54:58

See? We said nothing bad would happen.

0:54:580:55:01

Lost everything? You lying piece of filth.

0:55:010:55:04

You stand there with the bird you're about to nick off him

0:55:040:55:07

and the kid whose baby you're about to steal.

0:55:070:55:09

Go on, tell Lola the truth.

0:55:090:55:11

That as soon as you get your hands on your granddaughter -

0:55:110:55:14

your Ben replacement - she's going to be out the picture.

0:55:140:55:16

-You don't know what you're talking about.

-Shut up, you bimbo!

-Oi!

0:55:160:55:19

-Come on, let's go.

-No. You don't understand. Phil wouldn't do that.

0:55:190:55:22

-I know him.

-None of you know what he's like.

0:55:220:55:25

I know what he's up to with Lexi

0:55:250:55:29

and I know he'd rather walk away from me than deal with it in the usual Phil Mitchell way.

0:55:290:55:33

Why are you so scared of me, Phil?

0:55:350:55:37

Yeah, you stew on that.

0:55:410:55:44

He's not helping Lola. He's helping himself.

0:55:450:55:48

20 years and you still don't know what he's like?

0:55:480:55:50

What is wrong with you? And you?

0:55:500:55:52

You are crazy to trust him over me.

0:55:520:55:55

-Do yourself a favour - walk away.

-The doormat speaks.

0:55:550:55:57

He's taking your woman and you're still whistling his tune.

0:55:570:56:01

-There's nothing going on.

-You've already lost her, Jack.

0:56:010:56:04

He's going to destroy every one of you.

0:56:040:56:06

Cos Phil...he always wins.

0:56:060:56:09

Come on.

0:56:150:56:16

The truth will catch up with you the minute I let it.

0:56:210:56:24

You won't win with me.

0:56:260:56:28

Ain't you going to be late for work?

0:56:470:56:48

I got the morning off.

0:56:480:56:50

You know, you've got a nice little tickle there.

0:56:520:56:55

You don't want to lose it.

0:56:550:56:57

I'm owed some time...

0:56:570:56:58

Nice office, get to go to work all dressed smart...

0:56:580:57:01

Nothing wrong, is there?

0:57:050:57:07

No.

0:57:070:57:08

This ain't about you moving out again, is it?

0:57:090:57:12

Dad, it's not about anything.

0:57:120:57:13

I'm fine.

0:57:130:57:15

PHONE RINGS

0:57:440:57:47

HE SIGHS

0:57:490:57:51

ANSWERING MACHINE: 'Hi. If you want to leave a message...'

0:58:000:58:03

Yes, mate, yeah, he said he'd definitely do it for me.

0:58:050:58:07

But as long as I can pick it up next week though, yeah?

0:58:070:58:10

All right, I'll hold.

0:58:100:58:11

Oi, come here, you.

0:58:110:58:13

What are you doing?!

0:58:130:58:14

-They've put me on hold.

-MOBILE RINGS

0:58:140:58:17

It's not your lucky day. It's my dad, I better get it.

0:58:170:58:20

Hey, ask if he wants to be Santa in the Christmas market.

0:58:200:58:22

He'd be great! Yeah, he wouldn't need much padding...

0:58:220:58:25

Yeah, I'm still here, mate.

0:58:250:58:26

All right, all right!

0:58:280:58:31

-What?!

-I need to speak to Sharon.

-Yeah, well, she's in the shower.

0:58:310:58:34

-It's important.

-Yeah, well, it'll have to wait, won't it?

0:58:340:58:37

Anything I can help you with?

0:58:370:58:39

Tell her not to believe a word Shirley says.

0:58:390:58:42

Worried she might talk Sharon out of you two playing happy families?

0:58:420:58:45

Cos after what she said last night, maybe Shirley's decided

0:58:450:58:48

to put an end to this ridiculous engagement.

0:58:480:58:50

Yeah, well, she'd be wrong.

0:58:500:58:52

And what if Social Services find out?

0:58:520:58:55

-How's that going to happen?

-They're not stupid, are they?

0:58:550:58:57

You're saying Shirley's going to tell them?

0:58:570:59:00

Someone might.

0:59:000:59:01

Oh, well, that someone wants to think very careful about their future.

0:59:010:59:05

You threatening me?

0:59:050:59:06

You take it how you want. I'm just stating a fact.

0:59:060:59:09

You want to be very careful, Phil.

0:59:100:59:12

Social Services aren't too keen on grandads who start fights.

0:59:120:59:16

Oh, look at you!

0:59:340:59:36

I like to look the best for my boys.

0:59:360:59:38

Nice! Oh, listen, sweetheart, did you ask Charlie

0:59:380:59:40

if he fancied being Santa at Christmas or what?

0:59:400:59:42

Two weeks in a grotto? He'll end up freezing his baubles off!

0:59:420:59:45

It's all right, he'll have a heater, won't he?

0:59:450:59:48

This market's doing my head in. What about us?

0:59:480:59:50

Yes, I know, darling. I know, I know, I know.

0:59:500:59:52

But once it's all sorted...

0:59:520:59:55

You know, give me a chance to get out and get everything we need

0:59:550:59:57

to make the best family Christmas ever, all right?

0:59:571:00:01

You're going back to Germany?

1:00:011:00:02

Stratford. I just need to pick up some bits and pieces, that's all.

1:00:021:00:05

-Good, cos we need you here.

-Yeah, is that right?

1:00:051:00:08

-Cheap barmen are hard to find.

-Oh, very funny! There goes me ribs.

1:00:081:00:11

-Right, cup of tea?

-Yeah.

1:00:111:00:12

Ho-ho-ho-ho!

1:00:121:00:14

You should be moving on.

1:00:231:00:26

Still got to catch up with some old friends.

1:00:261:00:28

Don't make life hard on yourself, Shirley.

1:00:281:00:30

You should keep out of my business, and move on.

1:00:301:00:32

And what business is that, Phil?

1:00:321:00:34

You scamming the Social Services to get your grandaughter,

1:00:341:00:37

or you moving in on Sharon?

1:00:371:00:39

I told you, she's just helping me get Lexi back, for Lola.

1:00:391:00:41

Yeah, cos you're all heart, aren't you?

1:00:411:00:44

Just don't get in my way, Shirley.

1:00:441:00:46

Thought I might stick around.

1:00:461:00:48

Don't want to miss the fireworks when they blow up in your face.

1:00:481:00:52

So, Joey's finished the milk. Again.

1:01:091:01:12

But it's all right. I'll get some on the way home,

1:01:121:01:14

and also I'll get something for dinner. What do you want?

1:01:141:01:17

Penny worth of scraps...

1:01:171:01:19

and ask the butcher for a couple of bones for the dog.

1:01:191:01:23

SHE GIGGLES

1:01:231:01:25

What?

1:01:251:01:26

When we were skint, my mum used to make out we had a dog.

1:01:261:01:30

She made beautiful beef soup.

1:01:321:01:33

Did your dog like soup?

1:01:341:01:36

-No.

-Nah, me neither. It's a bit...

1:01:391:01:41

a bit watery.

1:01:411:01:43

-I'm going out.

-Yeah, me too.

1:01:431:01:45

So... What should I get?

1:01:451:01:47

Don't worry about it, leave it to me.

1:01:471:01:50

About time I got my life back in order.

1:01:501:01:53

OK. Well, erm...

1:01:531:01:55

Just don't get soup, yeah?

1:01:551:01:57

# I'm a top scrubber, top scrubber, top scrubber... #

1:02:021:02:05

Oh, finally, your ambition fulfilled(!)

1:02:051:02:08

The Environmental Health said that my kitchen is spotless,

1:02:081:02:11

mouse free and ready to re-open.

1:02:111:02:13

Oh, so that's what passes for excitement these days,

1:02:131:02:16

having your work tops inspected?

1:02:161:02:18

Don't knock it!

1:02:181:02:19

The bed has got its breakfast back.

1:02:191:02:21

Time to start making money again.

1:02:211:02:23

Right, so you've come back in here to stock up again?

1:02:231:02:26

No, I'll do that at the cash and carry.

1:02:261:02:28

Why? Support your local shop.

1:02:281:02:31

Yeah, but you don't stock the range that I want, do you?

1:02:311:02:33

You see, I like to give my customers choice.

1:02:331:02:36

Like Ray said, I am a service industry.

1:02:361:02:38

Yeah, well, we're all about the service.

1:02:381:02:40

You'd wouldn't have guessed it.

1:02:401:02:42

I'm so sorry Mr Beale, what can I do for you?

1:02:421:02:45

Gazette. Keep the change. Looks like you could do with it.

1:02:451:02:48

Well, you're not exactly rushed off your feet, are you?

1:02:491:02:52

It's the mid-morning lull.

1:02:521:02:54

You need to jazz this place up a bit, you know, D.

1:02:541:02:56

You know, big sign, funky lighting...

1:02:561:02:59

PHONE RINGS

1:03:071:03:09

Hello?

1:03:111:03:12

Yeah, yeah, speaking.

1:03:121:03:13

What?

1:03:151:03:16

What, today?

1:03:181:03:19

Is there...?

1:03:221:03:23

Is there something wrong with the application?

1:03:241:03:27

Nah, nah, it's not a problem.

1:03:291:03:32

Yeah.

1:03:321:03:34

Yeah, I'll see you later.

1:03:341:03:36

-ANSWERING MACHINE:

-'Hi. If you want to leave a message, please do so after the beep...'

1:03:481:03:52

Sharon. Sharon...

1:03:521:03:54

Give me a call, yeah? As soon as you get this message. Please.

1:03:551:03:59

-KNOCK AT DOOR

-All right!

1:04:041:04:06

Where have you been? I've been knocking.

1:04:091:04:11

Really, that was you?

1:04:111:04:13

Who's rattled your cage?!

1:04:131:04:15

What do you want, Derek?

1:04:151:04:16

There's something wrong with my Alice.

1:04:191:04:21

-What do you want me to do about it?

-I want you to talk to her.

1:04:211:04:24

-You talk to her.

-I have!

1:04:241:04:26

She said there was nothing wrong.

1:04:261:04:27

Well, there's your answer.

1:04:271:04:29

Ah, but there is something wrong!

1:04:291:04:30

I'm her father, I can sense these things.

1:04:301:04:33

Well, you modern men...

1:04:331:04:34

Oi, oi, oi! I can do feelings with the best of them.

1:04:341:04:37

Only, on this occasion, I think a maiden aunt is called for.

1:04:371:04:39

Eh, you're not too old for a clip around the ear!

1:04:391:04:42

Please, Carol, talk to her.

1:04:421:04:43

I can't. I'm busy. Anyway, I'm going to work this afternoon.

1:04:431:04:47

Well, you can at least put the kettle on!

1:04:471:04:49

You got anything to eat?

1:04:531:04:54

No, seriously, you'll make a lovely little Santa's elf, you will.

1:04:571:05:01

Who's going to look after all the Christmas functions?

1:05:011:05:04

I can't be Santa's little helper and manage everything else.

1:05:041:05:07

Yeah, well, Tommy can't wait.

1:05:071:05:09

He won't go to bed in case Santa comes early, will he?

1:05:091:05:11

That's cos you've got him over excited.

1:05:111:05:13

Ah, you want over excited?

1:05:131:05:15

My nana, right?

1:05:151:05:17

She used to put the decorations up in November.

1:05:171:05:19

By Christmas, we were ready to explode.

1:05:191:05:22

All kids need their sleep.

1:05:231:05:25

Stacey and Sean were in bed by 7pm every night.

1:05:251:05:29

Thanks to Brian...

1:05:291:05:30

Jean, you know better than anybody. Tommy hates going to bed.

1:05:301:05:33

-Well, you should be stricter with him.

-Yeah? Well, I can't.

1:05:331:05:36

Do you want to know what works?

1:05:391:05:41

Go on.

1:05:411:05:43

A story, and one of those scented candles.

1:05:431:05:45

Before you know it, he's away with the fairies.

1:05:451:05:48

Ask Kat.

1:05:481:05:49

He slept like an angel when you were away.

1:05:501:05:53

Did you find everything you were looking for today?

1:06:041:06:06

Yes, I did, thank you.

1:06:061:06:08

Good.

1:06:091:06:10

And...would you say that you come in here

1:06:101:06:13

because of our good value, we're local, or our product range?

1:06:131:06:17

Oh! OK, well... Erm, that one.

1:06:171:06:18

I couldn't be bothered to go to the High Street.

1:06:181:06:21

OK. OK, I can work with that.

1:06:211:06:23

-Business quiet?

-No, it's dead.

1:06:231:06:25

Money's tight, Denise.

1:06:251:06:27

I specialise in the essentials. I ain't even selling them.

1:06:271:06:30

Well, maybe if I... jazzed the place up a bit?

1:06:301:06:33

Oi, oi, oi! You sound like Kim now, OK?

1:06:331:06:35

You need a... I don't know... A gimmick...?

1:06:351:06:38

An angle!

1:06:381:06:40

-Now you sound like Alfie.

-Very funny.

1:06:401:06:43

Sharon! Sharon!

1:06:481:06:50

How can anyone lose a stiletto in a toilet, eh?

1:06:511:06:53

-Social services are calling round.

-So?

1:06:531:06:56

Well, they suddenly decide to come round and see us?

1:06:561:06:58

I reckon they've had a tip off. They're trying to catch us out.

1:06:581:07:01

A tip off? We're planning to foster, not the Brink's Mat robbery.

1:07:011:07:04

If someone's told them we ain't together, that's it. It's over.

1:07:041:07:07

You sure it's not an appointment you forgot to write down?

1:07:071:07:09

Nah, nah, nah. Anyway, it's a different geezer.

1:07:091:07:11

Why would they send round a new social worker, eh?

1:07:111:07:14

I reckon Jack's called them.

1:07:141:07:15

No, Jack wouldn't!

1:07:151:07:17

-All right, well, Shirley, then?

-Look, it doesn't matter.

1:07:171:07:19

She can say what she likes, as long as we stick to our story.

1:07:191:07:22

Maybe she's just missing her mum.

1:07:251:07:28

Her mum?!

1:07:281:07:30

Why?

1:07:301:07:31

I was in the nick for ten years and I never missed her once!

1:07:311:07:35

Yeah, well, thankfully, Alice don't take after you.

1:07:351:07:37

She's talking about moving back there.

1:07:391:07:41

Oh, I can't blame her.

1:07:411:07:42

I mean, she's in a different house, in a different area,

1:07:421:07:45

she's got none of her old mates around her...

1:07:451:07:48

She's got me!

1:07:481:07:49

-What more does she want?

-Oh, yeah, well, where do I begin, Derek?

1:07:491:07:52

All right, I concede that maybe she might need

1:07:541:07:57

the influence of another woman, occasionally.

1:07:571:08:00

-Move in with us.

-Move in with you?!

1:08:021:08:05

Yeah, it makes perfect sense.

1:08:051:08:07

Oh, right. Alice gets a mum and you get a cook and a cleaner.

1:08:071:08:10

No, Alice can help with some of the cleaning...

1:08:101:08:12

-Oh, great!

-Come on, Carol.

1:08:121:08:13

No, Derek. I am not going to move in with YOU.

1:08:131:08:16

What are you going to do here? I mean, you're only a skivvy here.

1:08:161:08:19

Oi! Thank you.

1:08:191:08:21

Look, Bianca will be all right.

1:08:211:08:23

All she needs is a bit of re-adjusting time.

1:08:231:08:26

And what's going to happen to you then?

1:08:261:08:28

You must be tired of looking after kids by now?

1:08:281:08:30

Yeah, that's why I'm staying away from you, Derek.

1:08:301:08:33

-I'll pay you.

-I've got a job, thank you!

1:08:331:08:35

Oh, come on, Carol, please. I need you.

1:08:351:08:38

No.

1:08:381:08:39

All right, all right. We'll sort out a proper wage.

1:08:391:08:43

Parenting is not about money, Derek.

1:08:431:08:44

And if it was, you couldn't afford me.

1:08:441:08:47

Alfie?

1:08:521:08:54

-Yes?

-Tommy's being a real grouch, so I'm going to feed him

1:08:541:08:57

and see if that cheers him up. Do you want anything?

1:08:571:08:59

-No, no, I'm good. Why don't you let him have a nap?

-If only!

1:08:591:09:02

-Or you could light one of those candles, couldn't you?

-Candles?

1:09:021:09:05

I don't know. Jean was going on about some... What are they?

1:09:051:09:08

Scented candles that help him sleep.

1:09:081:09:11

I ain't got any more left.

1:09:111:09:12

-Tell me where you got them, I'll go and get some.

-I can't remember!

1:09:121:09:15

Oh, well, why don't you try and remember?

1:09:151:09:17

Darling, it's worth a try if it's going to help him sleep.

1:09:171:09:19

-Where was it? The market, the Minute Mart...?

-Yeah, the Minute Mart.

1:09:191:09:22

-They were on special offer.

-Right.

1:09:221:09:24

Why can't you and Kat just fill out the order forms properly?

1:09:291:09:32

Sorry, I beg your pardon, I thought that was the job of the management?

1:09:321:09:35

That's very funny. Very funny.

1:09:351:09:37

Management might have to look at how many staff we employ.

1:09:371:09:39

Come on, Peroxide, you know you couldn't manage without me.

1:09:391:09:42

Kat managed all right whilst you were away.

1:09:421:09:44

Rox, come on, you know we're not over-staffed.

1:09:441:09:46

We are if people aren't drinking!

1:09:461:09:48

It was so quiet the first night you left, Kat had to shut early.

1:09:481:09:51

First I've heard of that.

1:09:511:09:53

Well, it's not just us.

1:09:531:09:54

I was talking to Denise, business is bad all over.

1:09:541:09:57

I'm telling you, we need a good Christmas.

1:09:571:10:00

So, how many people were in, then?

1:10:001:10:02

I don't know, I was at Aunt Sal's. Jean told me.

1:10:021:10:04

I don't know, maybe Kat was feeling unwell, or...?

1:10:041:10:08

Or what?

1:10:081:10:09

Oh, nothing. Nothing.

1:10:091:10:11

Are you two all right?

1:10:121:10:14

Yes, of course we are, darling.

1:10:141:10:15

We're solid as a rock. Rock of Gibraltar and all that...

1:10:151:10:18

THEY LAUGH

1:10:181:10:19

You could have these five oranges for £1, or,

1:10:211:10:24

special deal, cos you're my favourite, OK?

1:10:241:10:27

You can have 12 for £2.50.

1:10:271:10:30

-How's that?

-Yeah.

-Yeah?

1:10:301:10:31

There you go, love. Wonderful.

1:10:311:10:33

-Thank you.

-Thank you. Merry Christmas.

1:10:331:10:36

You never forget how to sell.

1:10:381:10:40

Oh, that's very hygienic, isn't it?

1:10:411:10:43

Picking it up off the floor and then putting it back?

1:10:431:10:45

Tell you what, as it's Christmas...

1:10:451:10:48

Have one on the house.

1:10:481:10:49

Make sure you wash it before you eat it!

1:10:491:10:51

If I knew why this social worker was coming, I'd know what to say.

1:10:551:10:58

-I'm sure it's nothing to worry about.

-I'm trying to do the right thing.

1:10:581:11:01

It seems like you're the only one that understands that.

1:11:011:11:03

-Phil, it'll be all right.

-Why don't people understand, eh?

1:11:031:11:06

The front that we've been putting up,

1:11:061:11:08

the lies we've telling, it's for Lexi, innit?

1:11:081:11:10

And why would anybody risk her future just to get one over on me?

1:11:101:11:13

Look, we don't know anyone said anything.

1:11:131:11:16

And even if they had, we'll deny it.

1:11:161:11:18

We'll show them we're together, and that we're both here for Lexi. OK?

1:11:181:11:21

You having a bad day, Lola?

1:11:351:11:36

Get used to it.

1:11:391:11:41

You're going to be a lot of those as you go through life.

1:11:411:11:44

But you're a mum. That's something special.

1:11:441:11:46

Yeah, but what if she forgets me?

1:11:461:11:48

What if she forgets what I look like, that I'm her mum...?

1:11:481:11:51

Kids know when they're loved.

1:11:511:11:52

Look, Shirl, I know you hate Phil,

1:11:541:11:56

but Lexi is my baby.

1:11:561:11:58

Please, please, don't stop her from coming home.

1:12:001:12:03

If there's any justice in this world...

1:12:031:12:05

..she'll be back in no time.

1:12:071:12:09

Motorbike courier?

1:12:191:12:21

Double glazing?

1:12:211:12:23

Interesting, but I don't quite see me in either of those jobs.

1:12:231:12:28

You have to think outside the box, Cora.

1:12:281:12:30

Cora, listen up, sweetheart,

1:12:301:12:32

I've got the perfect temporary position for you, OK?

1:12:321:12:35

Hear me out.

1:12:351:12:37

Uniform supplied, sociable hours and great job satisfaction, darling.

1:12:371:12:41

I do not want to be Santa Claus, thank you very much.

1:12:411:12:46

All right, elf helper?

1:12:461:12:47

Nah. I don't look good in green.

1:12:471:12:50

Well, it was worth a try, wasn't it, eh?

1:12:501:12:52

Laundrette manager.

1:12:551:12:57

Management. Now that's more me...

1:12:571:12:59

Isn't this Dot's old job?

1:13:001:13:03

Really?

1:13:031:13:04

Mr Popa... Popa...

1:13:041:13:06

Um, Cora,

1:13:071:13:09

I thought you were taking charge, getting in control?

1:13:091:13:12

How is sitting here drinking going to pay the rent?

1:13:121:13:15

I'm looking for a job! And this is orange juice.

1:13:151:13:18

What can I get you?

1:13:181:13:20

Oh, nothing. No, thanks.

1:13:201:13:21

Cora, you have so much to give,

1:13:241:13:26

and you're the sort of person that needs to keep active.

1:13:261:13:30

Give me a break, darling. I'm trying to get myself together.

1:13:301:13:34

Really, I am.

1:13:341:13:36

And I am being active!

1:13:361:13:38

I'm making the tea tonight, aren't I?

1:13:381:13:40

Remember, you wanted soup.

1:13:401:13:43

Did I?

1:13:431:13:45

I don't like soup...

1:13:451:13:47

Shall I get you something else, then?

1:13:471:13:49

Oh, yeah. Do you mind? Thanks. Thank you.

1:13:491:13:51

No, thank you.

1:13:511:13:54

-See you later, eh?

-Yeah, all right. See you later. Bye.

1:13:541:13:57

Well, don't over-do it.

1:14:021:14:03

They ain't been tipped off about my dusting, have they?

1:14:031:14:06

KNOCK AT DOOR Let me do the talking, yeah?

1:14:061:14:08

-We ain't going to be pushed around in our own house...

-Your house.

1:14:081:14:12

Remember, happy families, yeah?

1:14:121:14:13

Be strong and convince them we're ready to take care of Lexi.

1:14:131:14:16

Yeah, yeah. >

1:14:231:14:24

You've been expecting me, I'm from the Foster Team... >

1:14:241:14:28

This is Sharon. You're Mr...?

1:14:331:14:36

Call me Dave. I'm on the Foster Assessment team.

1:14:361:14:39

Just covering for Rick.

1:14:391:14:40

-Right.

-Excuse me.

1:14:401:14:41

So, er.. What do we owe the pleasure of this visit?

1:14:461:14:49

Just routine. If it's convenient?

1:14:491:14:51

Everything all right?

1:14:521:14:54

Why wouldn't it be?

1:14:541:14:55

No reason. Cup of tea?

1:14:551:14:57

Thanks.

1:14:571:14:59

I...I ain't got any milk.

1:14:591:15:02

Do you...want something else?

1:15:021:15:04

Like what?

1:15:041:15:05

I don't know, whatever...

1:15:051:15:07

Soft drink, obviously.

1:15:071:15:09

Horrible being judged, isn't it?

1:15:091:15:12

But don't worry, you do get used to it.

1:15:121:15:14

Relax.

1:15:141:15:15

We've got nothing to hide, have we?

1:15:161:15:18

I'm sure you haven't.

1:15:181:15:19

So, why today? Why the sudden visit?

1:15:201:15:23

I was just passing. I thought you'd want to keep the process moving...

1:15:231:15:25

You do still want to foster, don't you?

1:15:251:15:28

-Who have you been talking to?

-Yeah, of course we do!

1:15:281:15:30

We can't wait to have Lexi with us, can we?

1:15:301:15:32

Good. So let's start with a few questions,

1:15:321:15:35

a few things that weren't quite covered in your last interview...

1:15:351:15:39

ALFIE TUTS

1:15:441:15:46

Sorry, Denise, you can only consume foods

1:15:461:15:48

that are bought on the premises, I'm afraid.

1:15:481:15:51

The orange. I'm joking.

1:15:511:15:53

I'm kidding. What can I get you?

1:15:531:15:55

-Glass of white wine, please.

-All right, love, coming up.

1:15:551:15:57

Oh, I know what I mean to ask you. You do candles, don't you?

1:15:571:16:00

-Yeah, we do candles.

-You know, like, scented ones?

1:16:001:16:03

-Scented?

-Yeah, they help Tommy sleep

1:16:031:16:05

and apparently you had them on special offer.

1:16:051:16:07

No, we ain't got scented candles.

1:16:071:16:09

Really? It's just that Kat said that she got them from you...

1:16:091:16:12

-We could order you some!

-No, no, no.

1:16:121:16:14

Don't worry about it, it's fine.

1:16:141:16:16

Cheer up, might never happen.

1:16:221:16:25

Tell me something.

1:16:251:16:27

How many customers did you used to get a day in the charity shop?

1:16:271:16:30

It varied.

1:16:301:16:32

It was busiest in the evenings and weekends cos of the students.

1:16:321:16:37

And you never advertised?

1:16:371:16:38

No money for that.

1:16:401:16:41

People came for the market,

1:16:411:16:43

then they saw us, and we were cheaper.

1:16:431:16:45

You'll need to think about your circle of support.

1:16:521:16:55

Everyone's keen to help at first, but after a while,

1:16:551:16:58

it will be just the two of you.

1:16:581:16:59

You need to think about that when you prepare Lexi's care plan.

1:16:591:17:02

So, if I can write a nice plan, I get my grandaughter?

1:17:021:17:07

-It'll help.

-And that'll make me a good foster parent, will it?

1:17:071:17:10

You can't just think about the first few weeks.

1:17:101:17:12

Lexi could be with you for some time. You've got to think about the future.

1:17:121:17:15

Can you see what the future holds?

1:17:151:17:17

No, but you have to be prepared.

1:17:171:17:20

And life's panning out how you expected, is it?

1:17:201:17:23

I don't think we need to pry, darling...

1:17:231:17:26

I learned years ago that anything is possible,

1:17:271:17:30

but the impossible rarely happens.

1:17:301:17:32

Yeah, well...

1:17:321:17:34

Disappointment goes hand in hand with survival.

1:17:341:17:36

You've got to think about finances, too.

1:17:381:17:40

Kids are not cheap. You've got a wedding coming up, haven't you?

1:17:401:17:44

Yeah, yeah, we have.

1:17:441:17:46

But, as we said before, we've both got jobs, so I don't think money's going to be a problem.

1:17:461:17:50

Money don't come into it.

1:17:501:17:52

So, why go through it all again?

1:17:531:17:55

I know I wouldn't.

1:17:551:17:56

Kids are such hard work, even for a couple.

1:17:561:17:59

-She's family.

-She's a big responsibility.

1:17:591:18:02

-Are you sure you can both cope?

-Yeah.

1:18:021:18:05

On top of getting married,

1:18:051:18:06

could put a lot of strain on your relationship...

1:18:061:18:09

Well, kids can make a marriage.

1:18:101:18:13

I'm not sure I agree with you.

1:18:131:18:14

I've got one kid who refuses to go to school.

1:18:171:18:19

The other wants to be in a heavy metal band when she grows up.

1:18:191:18:22

You want stress, come round my house.

1:18:221:18:25

That's family life. It's what we love.

1:18:251:18:27

So, you didn't fancy the mid-life crisis, Phil?

1:18:281:18:31

Single life, bachelor pad, no ties?

1:18:311:18:33

No! No, he can't wait.

1:18:331:18:35

He's great with kids, probably better than I am.

1:18:351:18:38

Not everyone would agree with you.

1:18:401:18:42

You'll be great.

1:18:421:18:44

Some people round here would like to see me screw up.

1:18:441:18:47

Some of your friends don't think this is a good idea?

1:18:471:18:50

No.

1:18:521:18:53

Most people have been very supportive.

1:18:531:18:56

Have you thought that maybe they're right?

1:18:561:18:58

Maybe they can see things clearer than you two?

1:18:581:19:01

Or maybe they're just interfering...

1:19:011:19:03

We have thought about this very carefully

1:19:031:19:05

and we have the support of all our friends and family.

1:19:051:19:08

That's not true though, is it, Dave?

1:19:121:19:14

-Pardon?

-Somebody phone you up, did they?

1:19:151:19:18

Tell you that things weren't been right between me and Sharon?

1:19:181:19:22

You're going through a stressful time...

1:19:221:19:24

Well, most couples have their ups and downs.

1:19:241:19:26

I don't know what you've heard, but we'll work through it, won't we?

1:19:261:19:29

I don't care what you've heard, all right?

1:19:291:19:31

I want you to hear the truth from me.

1:19:311:19:34

Me and Sharon...

1:19:341:19:35

Me and Sharon, we've...

1:19:351:19:38

We've decided to call off the engagement.

1:19:381:19:40

So Tommy's asleep, then?

1:19:491:19:51

You'll be lucky!

1:19:511:19:52

He's got his toy tool kit out. He's taking the wardrobe apart.

1:19:521:19:54

Kat, he's a growing lad, he needs his kip, don't he?

1:19:541:19:57

You try!

1:19:571:19:58

So, er... Candles didn't work, then?

1:19:581:20:00

Eh?

1:20:011:20:02

You know... You know, Kat, the scented candles that he likes.

1:20:021:20:06

Look, I told you, I haven't got any more left.

1:20:061:20:09

Right. But you said the Minute Mart had them, right?

1:20:091:20:11

Yeah, that's right.

1:20:111:20:13

I'm going to read him a story. That always sends him off.

1:20:131:20:16

That's good.

1:20:161:20:18

I'm sorry to hear you guys have spilt up.

1:20:191:20:22

It's amicable, and Sharon still wants to be a part of Lexi's life.

1:20:221:20:27

Yeah, it... It was the right thing to do.

1:20:271:20:29

Well, thank you for your honesty.

1:20:291:20:32

I just want what's best for Lexi,

1:20:321:20:35

but if you want to know anything about me or my family,

1:20:351:20:37

you've only got to ask, and I'll put you straight.

1:20:371:20:40

That's good to know.

1:20:401:20:42

So, who told you?

1:20:431:20:45

-What?

-About me and Sharon?

1:20:451:20:47

No-one, and there's nothing in your notes.

1:20:491:20:51

But your application will have to be changed and reassessed

1:20:511:20:55

in the light of this new information.

1:20:551:20:57

So... What happens now?

1:20:571:21:00

Well, your application for Lexi

1:21:001:21:02

was based on you AND Sharon caring for her.

1:21:021:21:04

Obviously, we'll have to rewrite it

1:21:041:21:05

and at next week's family group conference,

1:21:051:21:08

you can decide how you'll meet Lexi's needs.

1:21:081:21:10

We'll be in touch.

1:21:101:21:12

Thanks.

1:21:121:21:14

-Could you get the door, please?

-Yeah, of course.

1:21:151:21:18

It was very nice to meet you.

1:21:181:21:20

Hello?

1:21:341:21:36

Can I speak to Mr...

1:21:361:21:38

Popadopoulos, please?

1:21:381:21:40

Why? Why would you do that?

1:21:441:21:47

Get in first.

1:21:471:21:48

Well, he didn't know anything. He thought we were a couple!

1:21:481:21:50

Well, now he's going to believe every word we tell him.

1:21:501:21:53

Yeah, and you could lose Lexi.

1:21:531:21:54

It was only a matter of time before somebody said something.

1:21:541:21:57

-It must have been Shirley.

-Or Jack.

1:21:571:22:00

No. No, he's OK with it. He knows why we're doing it, he wouldn't...

1:22:001:22:03

This morning, he said it was only a matter of time

1:22:031:22:05

before somebody grassed us up. Half an hour later I get the call...

1:22:051:22:08

No, Jack is not like that. He'd put Lexi first.

1:22:081:22:11

You really don't know him, do you?

1:22:111:22:12

Here.

1:22:251:22:27

You like to think of yourself as a bit of an entrepreneur, don't you?

1:22:271:22:31

Well, I've had my moments.

1:22:311:22:34

So, what elements do you think a business needs to succeed?

1:22:341:22:39

Well, the right product, right price...

1:22:391:22:43

right promotion.

1:22:431:22:45

Yeah, but where do you get punters if they're not coming in?

1:22:451:22:48

That's the beauty of the free economy. You steal someone else's.

1:22:481:22:52

Thanks, Ian. You know, it's good talking to an expert.

1:22:531:22:56

Oh, here you are.

1:22:571:22:59

You might be needing that.

1:22:591:23:01

HE GRUNTS

1:23:061:23:08

Sharon's all yours.

1:23:171:23:19

Well, she always was.

1:23:191:23:21

The engagement's off.

1:23:211:23:23

What? You worried Social Services might get a tip off?

1:23:231:23:25

No.

1:23:251:23:26

Cos they've already been told.

1:23:261:23:28

By me.

1:23:281:23:29

You? Why?

1:23:291:23:31

Because me and Sharon agree that some lowlife might grass us up.

1:23:311:23:37

And I don't like people thinking they can have one over on me.

1:23:371:23:40

Well, that makes a change, you doing the right thing.

1:23:401:23:42

Well, I hope so. For your sake.

1:23:421:23:45

Because if my grandaughter ends up in full time care,

1:23:451:23:48

I'm holding you personally responsible.

1:23:481:23:51

TANYA: What the hell is that?

1:23:561:23:57

MAX: That is Christmas.

1:23:571:23:59

-I'm not having that outside my house.

-Oi! Don't upset his feelings.

1:23:591:24:03

-What are we going to do about presents?

-Well, haven't you got me something already?

1:24:031:24:06

-Ah, I might have got you something quite special.

-Special?

1:24:061:24:10

-Right, ready?

-Thank you.

1:24:101:24:13

Aah!

1:24:141:24:15

No, wait, wait, wait.

1:24:151:24:17

Rudolph's dead.

1:24:191:24:21

KAT: Alfie, shut the curtains.

1:24:221:24:25

I'm practising for Christmas, ain't I, eh?

1:24:261:24:28

Jumping out of bed, throwing open the curtains, waving at the peasants.

1:24:281:24:31

What about this peasant? Don't she get any attention?

1:24:311:24:34

Have you seen that reindeer?

1:24:381:24:40

A reindeer?

1:24:401:24:41

Yeah, it's sick.

1:24:411:24:43

Sick as in like, "Wow, amazing"?

1:24:431:24:46

No, Abi.

1:24:461:24:48

Sick as in..."not well".

1:24:481:24:50

Cheers mate, thanks.

1:25:151:25:16

-Oi. Let me help you with that.

-Haven't you got a gym to run?

1:25:181:25:22

-Yeah, well, I like to warm up first, don't I?

-Get out!

1:25:221:25:25

Right, now that I've got you to myself at last,

1:25:261:25:29

how about some lunch? You know, celebrate.

1:25:291:25:32

-Not sure celebrate's the right word.

-Oh, it is from where I'm standing.

1:25:321:25:36

Yeah, well, Phil might not agree.

1:25:361:25:38

Look, if he's fessed up to the social then that's because he's a weak little man.

1:25:381:25:42

He's doing this for Lola...

1:25:421:25:43

Oh, come on, wise up. He's doing it cos he wants to play Mummies and Daddies with you.

1:25:431:25:47

-Oh, here we go again!

-No, look, he's moving in on my woman...

-Oh, please!

-It's not on!

1:25:471:25:51

-So we going to do this lunch or what?

-Lunch?

1:25:521:25:55

I've lost my appetite.

1:25:551:25:56

Tommy, I got a little tip for you, mate.

1:26:011:26:04

Always wait for the red ones.

1:26:041:26:05

Money's better off earning interest in your own bank than theirs.

1:26:051:26:09

-They're not going to give us interest on our overdraft, are they?

-Right.

1:26:091:26:12

-Hello!

-What you doing?

1:26:301:26:32

-They're bigger than they look, aren't they?

-Er, excuse me. Don't touch what you can't afford.

1:26:321:26:36

-Nearly done, anyway.

-Nearly done what?

1:26:361:26:38

-Not going to know what's hit you.

-Eh?

1:26:381:26:41

Oi!

1:26:431:26:45

I've asked for more weekend shifts at McKlunky's.

1:26:461:26:48

Hard little worker, ain't you, eh? Chip off the old Butcher's block.

1:26:481:26:51

-Got to get that Christmas tree somehow.

-Well don't worry. I'll sort it.

1:26:511:26:54

Yeah, but we want a big glitzy one, don't we? Imagine Tiff's face when she comes back and sees it.

1:26:541:26:59

You save your money, I'll get the tree, yeah?

1:26:591:27:01

Oh, cool.

1:27:061:27:07

Yeah, thanks, Derek, but we ain't got anywhere to hang them.

1:27:071:27:10

You'll think of somewhere. Tyler went to a lot of trouble to get hold of these.

1:27:101:27:13

-And I got you these, darling.

-That's nice, but we ain't got a tree.

1:27:131:27:16

Will soon, though.

1:27:161:27:18

It's a nice thought, Derek, but, you know...

1:27:181:27:20

-They might all be gone later.

-Well if they're gone, they're gone.

1:27:201:27:23

Yeah, well, erm... Thanks, Derek, for thinking of us.

1:27:231:27:26

Yeah, I just wanted to make Christmas special. I know how much it means to you, Bianca.

1:27:261:27:30

-So get us a tree, then!

-Shut up, Liam!

-Oi, don't be cheeky!

1:27:301:27:32

-It's all right, Mum, I can deal with him, thanks!

-I've dealt with it!

1:27:321:27:35

-You can't not butt in, can you, eh?

-Who's butting in?!

1:27:351:27:39

Can't wait for Christmas(!)

1:27:401:27:42

-What are you doing?

-Oh, it's all right, don't panic, it's nothing.

1:27:521:27:55

-Well, it don't look like nothing.

-It's all under control.

1:27:551:27:58

What is?! What's under control?

1:27:581:28:00

Well, Phil's come clean to the social and told them that we've broken up.

1:28:001:28:04

What?!

1:28:041:28:05

-It doesn't change nothing, darling.

-No. No, put all that stuff back...

1:28:051:28:08

-Lola... Lola, Lola!

-No, you can't do this to me!

1:28:081:28:12

Look...

1:28:131:28:15

just let me dump this stuff and we'll have a little chat, all right?

1:28:151:28:18

-I'm going to find Phil.

-He's out for the day.

1:28:181:28:20

Oh, just great!(!)

1:28:201:28:22

Ho, ho, ho, my friends! Merry Christmas when it comes, all right?

1:28:271:28:31

And come back nearer the time, we might be selling snow!

1:28:311:28:34

What you on about? Snow?!

1:28:341:28:36

Oh, come on, it's worth looking into, right? Fake snow! There's got to be money in that.

1:28:361:28:40

Listen, Fats, you want to earn some money, get back on the stall, all right?

1:28:401:28:43

All right then. But I've got to move my stuff into the B&B.

1:28:431:28:46

There's only so much Zainab can take, you know what I mean?

1:28:461:28:49

-OK, buddy. Listen, hurry up back, won't you?

-All right, brother.

-Catch you later.

-Nice.

1:28:491:28:53

So what you having? Mulled wine or eggnog?

1:28:541:28:57

You've got eggnog?

1:28:571:28:58

We would have if Alfie had his way.

1:28:581:29:01

Scotch.

1:29:011:29:02

What you doing Christmas?

1:29:061:29:07

Having a lie-in, till January 3rd.

1:29:071:29:09

What I would give for that.

1:29:091:29:11

Still can't do New Year's Eve. Not without thinking about...

1:29:111:29:14

Sorry, you don't want to hear that. Cheers.

1:29:161:29:19

All right, babe?

1:29:191:29:20

All I said was that I wanted a ring for Christmas.

1:29:241:29:26

Yeah, but what type of ring, though, babe?

1:29:261:29:28

I mean, there's plenty of rings for different type of things but...

1:29:281:29:32

We're not talking about engagement, are we?

1:29:321:29:34

-Now that you mentioned it...

-Well, I didn't.

-But you did.

-I didn't.

-You just did.

-I didn't...

1:29:341:29:38

-Ray, I couldn't borrow you for a minute, could I?

-Sure.

1:29:381:29:40

Oh, we're talking rings and things! Ray...?

1:29:401:29:42

You calmed down yet?

1:29:481:29:50

Oh, yeah. Just look at me! Total calmness(!)

1:29:501:29:53

Look, all it is, is that we're not conning anyone.

1:29:531:29:56

It's all above-board now.

1:29:561:29:58

And you reckon they're just going to give my baby to some 60-year-old gangster, do you?

1:29:581:30:02

Phil is not 60 or a gangster...

1:30:021:30:03

Look, can't you just get back with him?

1:30:031:30:05

He's already told them that he's drawing up a care plan. And I'll still be part of it.

1:30:051:30:09

But can't you just still pretend? It was going good before.

1:30:091:30:12

Oh, Lola, come on!

1:30:121:30:13

You let this get to you and all it says is that you can't cope.

1:30:131:30:16

-Yeah, well, maybe I can't.

-You really don't want them seeing that.

1:30:161:30:20

Now, this is all in hand. Phil's got it covered, OK?

1:30:211:30:23

-Lola!

-OK!

1:30:241:30:26

Darling, it'll be all right.

1:30:281:30:30

Phil told the truth?

1:30:441:30:46

Yeah.

1:30:461:30:47

I suppose that's good, innit?

1:30:471:30:49

-Meanwhile, back in the real world...

-And what's that supposed to mean?

1:30:491:30:53

Come on, Lola, it's game over and you know it.

1:30:531:30:55

All right?

1:31:041:31:06

Just got your message.

1:31:061:31:07

Yeah, sorry...

1:31:071:31:09

I'm stuck in all day today cos my dad's got me waiting for a new reindeer.

1:31:091:31:13

What d'you want?

1:31:141:31:15

Erm...this came for you.

1:31:161:31:20

Is that it?

1:31:211:31:23

Oh, and I'm feeling a little bit better.

1:31:241:31:27

Thank you for asking(!)

1:31:271:31:29

Looks official.

1:31:311:31:32

Yeah, well...

1:31:341:31:35

Court summons, ain't it.

1:31:361:31:38

Yeah...

1:31:381:31:39

What a mess, eh?

1:31:431:31:44

< Lauren!

1:31:441:31:45

All right, Lauren? Rudolph - is he here?

1:31:501:31:53

No, sorry, he must've got held up.

1:31:531:31:55

Oh! All I want is a reindeer. Can't be that hard, can it?

1:31:551:31:59

< CAT: Yeah, I miss you too.

1:32:081:32:09

< All right, sounds like we'll need a plan, then.

1:32:111:32:14

Hold on, that's a bit short notice, ain't it?

1:32:151:32:20

No, no, no, I'll be there.

1:32:201:32:22

Yeah...

1:32:231:32:25

I love you too.

1:32:251:32:27

Bye.

1:32:291:32:31

All right?

1:32:381:32:41

-You scared me.

-Yeah, sorry, no, just... Just came in.

1:32:411:32:43

-That was my dad.

-Your dad?

1:32:431:32:47

-He's not feeling too good so I'm going to take Tommy and go and see him.

-(OK.)

1:32:471:32:51

So what's wrong with him?

1:32:521:32:54

It's his chest again.

1:32:541:32:56

Charlie. Hello, mate it's Alfie.

1:33:381:33:41

Kat's...telling me you're not feeling too well, mate.

1:33:431:33:47

-All right?

-Yeah. Great(!)

1:33:521:33:54

-What?

-Come on.

1:33:581:34:01

Mum can't do Christmas this year. She's off to see Aunty Helen.

1:34:011:34:04

That's all right, innit? So it'll just be you and me.

1:34:041:34:07

-You know what I really want for Christmas?

-Yeah, you better think of something else.

1:34:091:34:12

It's one day, Joey.

1:34:121:34:13

You can come over and...

1:34:141:34:16

we'll...all be normal and just forget everything just for one day.

1:34:161:34:20

You can't exactly spend it with Cora.

1:34:221:34:24

Look, honestly, Alice, I'm all right, OK? Look, I'll...

1:34:241:34:27

find an elf or something.

1:34:271:34:30

Look! I've got enough tips to buy a twig.

1:34:301:34:34

-Perhaps you shouldn't make promises you can't keep.

-You got an axe there?

-An axe?!

1:34:341:34:38

Yeah, I'll chop down a tree, if that's what it takes?

1:34:381:34:40

It's not the end of the world. The kids will cope.

1:34:401:34:42

Being with my family is all that's kept me going in prison - thinking we'll have Christmas together.

1:34:421:34:47

But just being home, it's not enough, is it?

1:34:471:34:50

There's the tree and all the trimmings.

1:34:501:34:53

Next they'll be asking for snow and Santa to pop in for a mince pie.

1:34:531:34:56

How the hell am I going to make that happen, Mum? How am I going to do that?

1:34:561:35:00

Sit down, I'll make you a cup of tea.

1:35:011:35:03

You left the door open.

1:35:141:35:15

-So use it on your way out.

-No.

1:35:151:35:17

Not until you promise to stop filling Lola's head with rubbish.

1:35:191:35:22

-What do you know about it?

-I know the social'll jump on anything.

1:35:221:35:25

Is Shirley right? Is it over?

1:35:251:35:27

Is that why you was moving all your stuff out of Phil's?

1:35:271:35:30

And, no, don't give me any of this rubbish, all right? Or any of this big talk.

1:35:301:35:34

I just want to know.

1:35:341:35:35

Darling, Phil was honest.

1:35:351:35:38

He came clean - that's a good thing.

1:35:381:35:40

Until they dig a little bit deeper and find some MORE Mitchell honesty.

1:35:401:35:43

-Get out.

-No.

1:35:431:35:45

Not until you get real! Stop dangling Lexi in front of her like this!

1:35:451:35:48

Look, will you please just tell me something good?!

1:35:481:35:50

Please... Tell me I haven't lost Lexi.

1:35:521:35:54

They can look into his past and they'll see he's a reformed man.

1:35:561:35:59

Let's hope they're blind, then.

1:35:591:36:01

He's doing this for you, babe.

1:36:011:36:02

Which shows how much he wants you to have Lexi.

1:36:021:36:05

So, what, when we go to court they're just going to accept all that, are they?

1:36:051:36:09

Well, that depends on you standing up and telling them you're happy...

1:36:091:36:12

That Phil's great and everything's wonderful.

1:36:121:36:14

Good luck with that one!

1:36:141:36:16

Look...

1:36:161:36:18

there's two people here who loved Phil.

1:36:181:36:20

Now neither of us are idiots so there's got to be a lot of good in him,

1:36:201:36:24

a good they're going to see.

1:36:241:36:26

Now, ain't that right, Shirley?

1:36:261:36:28

Tell her.

1:36:281:36:29

Yeah. Sharon's right.

1:36:291:36:32

We weren't idiots.

1:36:331:36:35

We were the biggest prats in history. There's not a scrap of good in him.

1:36:351:36:39

Do you know what?! I knew this wasn't going to work!

1:36:391:36:42

Lola! Lola, wait!

1:36:421:36:44

-Happy now she's in tears, are you?

-I'm just trying to be honest with her.

1:36:451:36:49

Oh, and of course, you're not at all bitter and resentful of Phil, are you?

1:36:491:36:52

-Why shouldn't I be?

-Why take it out on Lola?

1:36:521:36:55

Only we thought different, we thought we'd fight tooth and nail for her.

1:36:551:36:58

-All that effort with no result.

-And you know this how?

1:36:581:37:01

You haven't met our social workers, you don't know them, you don't know what they're thinking.

1:37:011:37:05

-You're just mouthing off with nothing to back it up.

-I know Phil Mitchell!

1:37:051:37:09

Take him out of the equation, I might change my mind.

1:37:091:37:11

And since when is this about what you thought, eh?

1:37:111:37:14

Lola's vulnerable...

1:37:151:37:17

and he's going to take advantage of her.

1:37:171:37:19

You know your biggest problem, Shirley?

1:37:201:37:22

You think that just because your life is hopeless then everyone else's should be.

1:37:221:37:27

Well, I won't let that happen to Lola.

1:37:271:37:29

And neither will Phil.

1:37:301:37:31

-You off then?

-Yeah, we're off.

-OK.

1:37:381:37:41

-Ready?

-Yep.

-Ready?

1:37:421:37:45

-Michael's going our way.

-Borrowed a car from Max, got a bit of business.

1:37:451:37:48

OK, cool.

1:37:481:37:49

-Right, young man, behave yourself, all right?

-No.

1:37:511:37:54

Yes! You keep your eye on Mummy for me, OK?

1:37:541:37:57

-Listen, give Charlie a kiss from me, will you, darling?

-Yeah.

1:37:571:38:00

-Promise you'll call me. though, yeah?

-Yeah, I promise.

1:38:001:38:02

-Be a good boy. See you, Tommy. Bye!

-Speak to you later.

1:38:021:38:05

All right, darling, take care. Drive safely.

1:38:051:38:08

Always do.

1:38:081:38:10

No-one has any! No-one! There's no snow to go, bruv!

1:38:151:38:19

And I been calling round everywhere. Alfie...

1:38:191:38:21

Yeah, OK, all right...

1:38:231:38:25

So what's all this? Last I knew you were a chef.

1:38:341:38:36

-Relax. I squared it with Alfie and Jean's got my back.

-Oi.

1:38:361:38:39

Mate, if you want my attention then you say "excuse me".

1:38:391:38:42

No, no, what's going on here?

1:38:421:38:44

You know, it's a nativity scene. Yeah, I'm going to fill it with Jesus and that.

1:38:441:38:47

Oh, right, sorry, sorry...

1:38:471:38:49

-Oh blimey, you're quick!

-Man, I'm always quick.

1:38:491:38:52

And some days he slows right down.

1:38:521:38:53

I can see that looking quite good. Three wise men, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, couple of donkeys. It'll be great.

1:38:531:38:58

-So are you on the mulled wine?

-No, no, no, I like a nice, big nativity scene.

1:38:581:39:02

Oh, that's nice. Well this is a fruit and veg stall.

1:39:021:39:04

-What?

-Caribbean style.

1:39:041:39:06

No, hang on, I have got the only fruit and veg stall round here.

1:39:061:39:09

You could always turn your stall into a nativity scene.

1:39:091:39:11

You guys have just crossed a line, OK? And I'm going to push you straight back over it.

1:39:111:39:15

-Careful, Ian, you're going to bust a blood vessel.

-Yeah, keep your plums on, yeah?

1:39:151:39:19

You can laugh all you want. You've got yourselves a fruit and veg war.

1:39:191:39:22

-Yeah? Bring it on!

-May the best yam win.

1:39:221:39:24

-Oh...

-Like that one, yeah?

-I do!

1:39:241:39:28

-Just think about it.

-I have.

1:39:291:39:31

It'd be our first Christmas with Dad.

1:39:311:39:33

Oh, touching, that, ain't it, Alice(!) It's only taken him, what, 20-odd years.

1:39:331:39:36

-What about me? Do I not get a say in this?

-You're sorted, ain't you?

1:39:361:39:39

Look, Alice, I'll spend Christmas with someone I want to spend Christmas with. OK?

1:39:391:39:43

Look, I'm in the Vic if you want to come and apologise for earlier.

1:39:491:39:53

And that is a joke, in case you think it ain't.

1:39:531:39:55

Women. Pff...

1:39:571:39:59

-Can't understand them.

-That's all part of the fun, ain't it, eh?

1:39:591:40:02

Yeah, well, it ain't fun when they're not behaving how you want them to, is it?

1:40:021:40:05

Yeah. We don't own them.

1:40:051:40:07

Oh, right. Is that why I just saw Michael taking Kat out earlier?

1:40:071:40:11

Yeah, well, she's off to see Charlie, ain't she?

1:40:111:40:13

Yeah, and left you in the lurch! Ain't very nice.

1:40:131:40:16

You want to call her, you want to make a stand, mate.

1:40:161:40:18

What? What's the matter with you? The bloke ain't well.

1:40:181:40:21

What you should be doing, Jack, is talking to Sharon. You know, try acting like a gent.

1:40:211:40:24

Yeah, yeah, I could do that or... I could have another drink.

1:40:241:40:27

I think it's another drink. At least scotch you can trust.

1:40:291:40:32

Women...

1:40:321:40:33

Pff! Always let you down, don't they?

1:40:331:40:36

Make it a double, Alf.

1:40:361:40:37

Look at that!

1:40:401:40:41

Aye-aye, mince pie!

1:40:411:40:43

That's what I call a proper reindeer!

1:40:431:40:45

So what d'you call the other one? It's exactly the same.

1:40:451:40:47

-Right, are you going to help me switch them on, yeah?

-Mm-hm.

-Put his big red nose on the map.

1:40:471:40:51

Tell him please, Carol. Say, "Look, little brother, you're making us a laughing stock."

1:40:511:40:55

To be honest, I just popped round to see if you had a spare Christmas tree.

1:40:551:40:59

-Like a tinsel one or something?

-Nah, don't do tinsel.

-Sorry.

1:40:591:41:02

To be honest, I don't know why he's going to all this trouble.

1:41:041:41:06

I haven't even had my results back yet and he's acting all festive and sorted.

1:41:061:41:10

Yeah, well, you will be, won't you?

1:41:101:41:12

I tell you, this is going to be the Christmas to end all Christmases.

1:41:121:41:15

Right, go and get the leads, will you?

1:41:181:41:20

We only told Abi about the scan last night.

1:41:251:41:27

I'm wondering if we should've, you know? She seems a bit worried.

1:41:271:41:30

DOORBELL

1:41:301:41:32

It's all right, I'll go.

1:41:321:41:33

Do you need this?

1:41:351:41:36

-What, the box?

-Mm.

1:41:361:41:38

Peace and goodwill?

1:41:401:41:42

What you doing with Scarlett?

1:41:511:41:53

-What do you think I'm doing?

-Well, she's not yours!

1:41:531:41:56

And you've got Amy, anyway, so how comes now you've got two and I've got none!

1:41:561:41:59

Lola! Back off, all right?

1:41:591:42:01

You need to know that Phil is not the answer.

1:42:071:42:09

You want to get Lexi back then you'll have to think of something else.

1:42:091:42:12

What else am I supposed to do?!

1:42:121:42:14

No, go on. You seem to know all the answers, don't you? So you tell me - what do I do now?!

1:42:141:42:19

-JOEY:

-'I didn't think you'd, er, let me through the door.

-MAX:

-Neither did I...'

1:42:261:42:29

-What you doing?

-'So what is it exactly...'

1:42:291:42:31

-You can't listen in, it's private!

-Shh!

1:42:311:42:34

-(Why ain't you at work?)

-(Poppy's covering me.)

1:42:341:42:37

(Well move up, then. I can't hear anything.)

1:42:391:42:42

I just...wanted to see Lauren. You know...

1:42:431:42:46

Make sure she was all right.

1:42:461:42:48

'You want to make sure she's OK after you nearly wiped her off the face of the Earth?'

1:42:481:42:51

No... How can I make things up to you, then, Max? Come on, please, please, tell me.

1:42:511:42:56

I don't know.

1:42:561:42:57

See the problem with what you done, Joey, is you've brought up a lot of stuff for me.

1:42:581:43:02

You know, I lost my son...

1:43:041:43:06

Thanks to you, I nearly lost my daughter.

1:43:061:43:08

I would never do anything to hurt Lauren on purpose. It's the last thing I'd ever do.

1:43:081:43:12

'All right, I'll explain to you, this is what's going to happen.'

1:43:131:43:16

We're going to have a great family Christmas...

1:43:161:43:18

..cos I've got a great family.

1:43:201:43:22

You see, the thing is there's...

1:43:231:43:25

There's a lot going on, Joey, you know?

1:43:251:43:27

I mean, I'm getting remarried, Christmas Eve.

1:43:271:43:30

Tanya, she's getting her results.

1:43:301:43:32

And then you got Lauren, you know...

1:43:331:43:35

I mean, I can't even look at her.

1:43:351:43:37

Get a cold shudder go through me when I think what might've happened to her, so...

1:43:371:43:40

(So I'm going to grab them all close, Joey.)

1:43:421:43:44

(And I'm going to keep them there... tight.)

1:43:441:43:47

And we're going to have a nice, normal, loving, family Christmas,

1:43:481:43:52

and I'm really sorry, mate...

1:43:521:43:54

..but you... You're not part of it.

1:43:551:43:57

(I love that man.)

1:43:591:44:00

'Is that it...?'

1:44:001:44:02

You all right? You get there all right?

1:44:291:44:31

Just I was, you know, expecting a call, that's all.

1:44:311:44:33

You know what birds are like. Minds like sieves.

1:44:331:44:36

Yeah. Listen, Michael, thanks for doing that.

1:44:361:44:38

Drinks are on the house, Scarlett permitting, of course.

1:44:381:44:41

Roxy's got her. And that what's-her-name's coming up. Whitney's coming over.

1:44:411:44:44

-Pushing your luck a bit, ain't you?

-I'm paying her.

1:44:441:44:46

No, I meant Roxy. You're here while she's looking after Scarlett. That's called taking advantage, Michael.

1:44:461:44:51

She's a woman, Alfie. What else are you meant to do with them?

1:44:511:44:54

You got to do it to them before they do it to you, Alf.

1:44:561:44:59

MUSIC PLAYS

1:45:041:45:07

Great(!) I was hoping he wasn't working tonight.

1:45:071:45:09

Can we just go somewhere else, please?

1:45:091:45:11

No. Look, we're here now, aren't we? Hi.

1:45:111:45:15

All right?

1:45:151:45:16

-Do you want a drink?

-No...

-Yeah. Yeah, why not.

1:45:191:45:23

-Keep your eyes shut, all right?

-I am.

-No looking!

1:45:301:45:32

-No? Can't see?

-No.

1:45:331:45:35

OK...

1:45:371:45:38

After three. One two...

1:45:381:45:41

-ALL:

-THREE!

1:45:411:45:42

-We've got a tree!

-Do you like it?

1:45:481:45:50

Sorry about earlier, Mum.

1:45:501:45:53

-Gran said Liam was out of order.

-The only colour he had was purple.

1:45:531:45:57

-Are they Pat's earrings?

-Yeah!

1:45:571:46:00

It's the best tree I've ever seen! Thanks.

1:46:001:46:03

I heard you and Dad talking.

1:46:121:46:14

-Are you not meant to be out with her?

-I'm just chatting.

1:46:161:46:19

Listen, Lucy, I'm, er...

1:46:281:46:30

I'm sorry, all right?

1:46:311:46:32

Excuse me?

1:46:321:46:34

I wasn't very nice to you, was I?

1:46:341:46:36

And I've been...I've been kicking myself ever since.

1:46:361:46:39

So much, I can barely walk.

1:46:391:46:40

Stop it.

1:46:401:46:42

I'm being serious, Lucy. I wore a pair of me shoes out booting myself.

1:46:421:46:45

Er, hello...!

1:46:451:46:46

Look...all I'm trying to say, all right, is

1:46:481:46:51

I'm sorry and...

1:46:511:46:53

I'm an idiot.

1:46:531:46:55

Yeah, well, I could've told you that and a lot worse...

1:46:551:46:57

-Yeah, go on then, Luce, go on, give me both barrels.

-Hey, I will do!

-Good!

1:46:571:47:01

Not here though, eh?

1:47:041:47:05

Do you want to go back to yours?

1:47:081:47:09

No, sweetheart, no, I'm just checking you got there safe and sound, that's all.

1:47:191:47:23

Yeah, well, course I worry about you.

1:47:231:47:24

Listen, do me a big fa... No, listen, do me a big favour, OK?

1:47:241:47:27

When you speak to Charlie give him a big kiss and tell him I'm expecting a massive Christmas gift, OK?

1:47:271:47:32

Yeah, all right. Yeah. Yeah, I love you too.

1:47:321:47:36

All right, darling, bye-bye.

1:47:361:47:37

No, no. Please, stop, stop, please...

1:47:581:48:01

What?

1:48:011:48:02

-I thought this was what you wanted?

-Yeah, and so did I, all right. But now I'm here and...

1:48:041:48:07

-It's not where you want to be.

-No, I didn't say that, Luce, all right.

-You did.

1:48:091:48:12

OK, you wish I was someone else, don't you?

1:48:141:48:17

It's just...

1:48:201:48:21

Look, whoever it is...

1:48:211:48:23

she's not here and...

1:48:231:48:25

I am.

1:48:251:48:27

And you know what else? You would just ditch her anyway...

1:48:271:48:31

-No, no...

-..and come back here!

-No, no, listen, all right? This is different, OK? This is...

1:48:311:48:35

This is really different.

1:48:351:48:37

I love her.

1:48:401:48:41

All right?

1:48:421:48:43

I love her.

1:48:461:48:48

-Joey...

-No, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

1:48:521:48:54

TANYA: 'You are joking? I can't believe we've still got it out there! Honestly!

1:49:171:49:21

'With all the lights! Next year you'll have some sleigh on the roof!

1:49:221:49:26

'Do you remember? Do you remember that time he dressed as an elf?

1:49:321:49:37

'..around the tree.'

1:49:391:49:41

LAUGHTER INSIDE

1:49:411:49:45

-MAX:

-'I could put a light under...'

1:49:481:49:51

'Stick him out the front. We should get a collection box, shouldn't we?'

1:49:511:49:55

HE HUMS TO HIMSELF

1:50:001:50:03

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